Two appeals in Tahiti chinaware theft case
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.