Two ap­peals in Tahiti chi­naware theft case

Fiji Sun - - World News -

There have been two ap­peals in the case of a for­mer French Polynesian pres­i­dent Gas­ton Flosse and his part­ner Pas­cale Haiti who last week were fined for tak­ing chi­naware from the pres­i­den­tial palace. The two were fined just un­der US$30,000 (F$61,444.50) for tak­ing pub­lic prop­erty in De­cem­ber 2014 af­ter $US70,000 (F$ 143370.50) worth of china and sil­ver­ware from the palace was found at their home.

Flosse’s lawyer is ap­peal­ing against part of the fine. The pros­e­cu­tion also de­cided to ap­peal be­cause the crim­i­nal court didn’t give Flosse a one-year jail sen­tence and his part­ner a six-month sus­pended prison sen­tence.

It also sought to de­clare him in­el­i­gi­ble to hold of­fice for three years but the court de­cided not to fol­low suit. Flosse said he had bought the items in ques­tion with his own money.

Flosse, who lost the pres­i­dency be­cause of a cor­rup­tion con­vic­tion in Septem­ber 2014, said he had bought the items in ques­tion with his own money.

RNZI

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