French Poly­ne­sia Court De­clines to Rule in Te­maru Case

Fiji Sun - - AUST/NZ/PACIFIC NEWS -

The court in French Poly­ne­sia has de­clined to make a rul­ing in the case brought by the pro-in­de­pen­dence leader Oscar Te­maru against the prose­cu­tor Herve Leroy.

The pres­i­dent of the court said a de­ci­sion first needed to be made on whether to move the case to France or New Cale­do­nia in order to guar­an­tee im­par­tial­ity.

A de­ci­sion will be an­nounced in two days.

Mr Te­maru sought a pre­lim­i­nary court rul­ing last week af­ter Mr Leroy ex­plained why he or­dered the seizure of Mr Te­maru’s sav­ings ear­lier this month, sug­gest­ing in his state­ment that Mr Te­maru was convicted of a crime.

Given that the case against Mr Te­maru was still be­fore the court, his lawyer ac­cused the prose­cu­tor of vi­o­lat­ing the prin­ci­ple of pre­sumed in­no­cence.

Former pres­i­dent of French Poly­ne­sia Oscar Te­maru at me­mo­rial ded­i­cated to nu­clear test vic­tims.

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