Tahiti Court Rejects Challenges In Phantom Jobs Case

admin's picture

Defense claims trial is ‘aimed at ruining lives’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 31, 2012) – French Polynesia’s court of appeal has rejected five constitutional challenges at the start of this week’s case of more than 40 people convicted for being part of a network of so-called phantom jobs.

Central to the trial is a former president Gaston Flosse who last year was convicted for running an illicitly funded system to advance the policies of his Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party dating back to the 1990s.

He was given a four-year jail sentence and fined 110,000 U.S. dollars in what was the biggest trial of its kind in French legal history.

The defense says the case brought against Gaston Flosse should be dropped because it is beyond a reasonable delay to deal with the matter.

Among those convicted are senior current and former politicians as well as unionists, who have been ordered to repay 5.7 million U.S. dollars to the public purse.

The defense has claimed that the case is aimed at ruining the lives of many people who had contracts with the presidency approved by successive French high commissioners.

The case is expected to run for two weeks and a verdict is expected in January.

Rate this article: 
No votes yet

Add new comment