Former French Polynesia President Faces Theft Charges

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Flosse, partner to front court over removal of presidential china

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 22, 2016) – French Polynesia's disgraced former president, Gaston Flosse, and his partner will face the criminal court in Tahiti over the alleged theft of china from the presidential palace.

The two were charged with taking public property back in December 2014 after $US70,000 worth of china and silverware from the presidential palace were found at their home.

Flosse, who had lost the presidency because of a corruption conviction three months earlier, said he had bought the items in question with his own money.

The pair risks a sentence of seven years in prison and a $US130,000 fine.

His partner Pascale Haiti made an unsuccessful bid to have the case thrown out on procedural matters.

Flosse is banned from holding public office until 2019 although he has challenged the decision, claiming he is eligible to stand again in 2018.

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