Former French Polynesia President Fined For Taking China From Presidential Palace

Flosse loses appeal; won't face jail time or further restriction from seeking public office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 24, 2017) – The appeal court in French Polynesia has upheld the fine given to a former president Gaston Flosse for taking chinaware from the presidential palace three years ago.

Flosse is to pay just under $US20,000 for the $US70,000 worth of china and silverware found at his home.

The prosecution wanted him to be given a jail sentence and to have him declared ineligible for office but the court only agreed to fine him.

Flosse had said he had bought the items in question with his own money.

His partner Pascale Haiti has also been fined but only half his sum.

Flosse, who lost the presidency because of a corruption conviction in September 2014, is already banned from holding public office until 2019 although he challenged the decision, claiming he is eligible to stand again next year.

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