Sunday, September 27, 2009

flosse - senate refuses second immunity waiver

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NEWS


Gérard Davet

French Senator Gaston Flosse was to have been called before investigating judge Philippe Stelmach Friday, 18 September 2009, "to be heard and indicted," said an attorney in Tahiti, José Thurel.

On Tuesday, 15 September, the office of the Senate refused to rule on a new application for waiver of parliamentary immunity for Mr Flosse, 78 years.

Investigators have yet to find evidence of "corrupt dealings".

Flosse, a former President of French Polynesia, already cited in another investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud, is suspected of benefiting from 10 years of payments from former officials of the Office des Postes et Télécommunications (OPT ), and the 2H group, responsible for advertising the official phone directory of Polynesia.

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Google news results for Gaston Flosse






Flosse lawyer says senate position unaffected by Tahiti appeal ...

Radio New Zealand International - ‎2 hours ago‎
A lawyer acting for French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, has dismissed a Tahiti court ruling that Flosse's parliamentary mandates are to be ...





French Polynesia's Tahoeraa stunned over Flosse court ruling

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 24, 2009‎


French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says it is stunned that the court of appeal has in French Polynesia has declared its leader, Gaston Flosse...



French Polynesia bans Flosse for one year

Radio Australia News - ‎Sep 25, 2009‎
The French Polynesian appeals court has declared the former president, Gaston Flosse, ineligible to hold office for one year. The judge also upheld a one ...




Partner of French Polynesia's Flosse detained in Paris

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 23, 2009‎
Investigators have detained for questioning the partner of the French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, amid a flurry of searches and detentions ...




Investigative judges in French Polynesia set to formally charge Flosse

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 20, 2009‎
Investigative judges in French Polynesia are set to formally charge the veteran politician Gaston Flosse in the middle of next week in connection with what ...
Deferral in French Polynesia's fake employees case Radio New Zealand International





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Flosse interrogated by French Polynesian judges

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 18, 2009‎
Investigators in French Polynesia have detained the veteran politician Gaston Flosse as part of a corruption probe involving the affairs of the OPT ...
French Polynesia Leader questioned Radio Australia News




French Senate upholds Flosse's immunity in Tahiti corruption probe

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 15, 2009‎
The French Senate has refused to act on a request by the judiciary to lift the parliamentary immunity of French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse, who is suspected ...




French senate again considers lifting Flosse's immunity

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 9, 2009‎
... leaders will meet on Tuesday to consider a fresh bid to the lift the parliamentary immunity of the French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse...

Radio New Zealand International




Detention of Flosse secretary continues

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 9, 2009‎
The French Polynesian judicial authorities have again rejected a request to release the personal secretary of the veteran politician, Gaston Flosse...




Flosse lawyer faces Tahiti search as OPT probe deepens

Radio New Zealand International - ‎Sep 10, 2009‎
Investigators in French Polynesia have searched the offices of the lawyer of the territory's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, whose immunity as French ...


jpk update | vetea guilloux adjournment 29 jan 2010

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NEWS

On Friday at the Palais de Justice, the Vetea Guilloux affair, deferred from 10 April 2009, was again adjourned, this time to 29 January 2010, without argument against.


The only legal representative at the hearing was for Mr. Quinquis, and said that, therefore, while not appearing on behalf of the other party, an a priori application for adjournment should still be accepted by the courts, even when unopposed.


Again postponed, hearings on this part of the JPK dossier involving Guilloux, with judges deciding on the facts of a case by Vetea Guilloux against others for "false claims" and "wrongful dismissal".


In 2004, he publicly accused fellow GIP operatives Tino Mara and Tutu Manate of having 'disappeared' former Pape'ete editor Jean Pascal Couraud. Vetea Guilloux at first admitted to lying, then retracted his admission.


Sentenced on first appearance, he appealed, but the Supreme Court quashed a decision from the High Court, because the sentence exceeded what the penal code allows for such cases. Relocated to Paris, the second appeal case is forced to wait for instruction from Justice Redonnet, in the main JPK case, before they can continue.


Persisting all this time in his allegations, Vetea Guilloux briefly explained his retraction at the start of the case as being because of a "weight on his shoulders" from the justice system.


Original Google translation >


Friday at the courthouse in Paris, the case Vetea Guilloux, who had been referred to this date April 10 last, was again returned, this time to January 29, 2010 and without argument. The representative of Mr. Quinquis only at the hearing, and therefore not representative of the other party said that a priori, the direction should still be completed.

Examination of this part of the record JPK, where judges will decide on the facts of false accusation and wrongful termination against Vetea Guilloux, has again been postponed. The latter was accused in 2004, former IPTF Tino Manate Mara and Tutu to have removed the journalist Jean-Pascal Couraud. Vetea Guilloux had admitted to lying, then retracted.


Sentenced in immediate appearance, he was again on appeal, but the Court of Cassation quashed the decision of the court of second instance, because the sentence exceeded what the penal code provides for such facts.Relocated to Paris, the second trial on appeal is forced to wait for instructions from the judge in the case Redonnet JPK before they occur. Vetea Guilloux, it persists for all time in his accusations, explaining briefly to have retracted to the top of the case, because of the pressure on his shoulders by the court.


Dr. Binet with RP



Original French >

Affaire Vetea Guilloux : on attendra encore


Justice


Vendredi au palais de justice de Paris, l’affaire Vetea Guilloux, qui avait été renvoyée à cette date le 10 avril dernier, a de nouveau été renvoyée, cette fois au 29 janvier 2010 et sans plaidoirie. La représentante de Me Quinquis, seule à l’audience, et donc sans représentant de l’autre partie, a indiqué qu’a priori, l’instruction devait encore être complétée.

L’examen de ce pan du dossier JPK, sur lequel les juges devront se prononcer sur les faits de dénonciation calomnieuse et dénonciation mensongère contre Vetea Guilloux, a donc une nouvelle fois été reporté. Ce dernier avait accusé, en 2004, les anciens GIP, Tino Mara et Tutu Manate, d’avoir fait disparaître le journaliste Jean- Pascal Couraud. Vetea Guilloux avait admis avoir menti, avant de se rétracter.


Condamné en comparution immédiate, il l’avait de nouveau été en appel, mais la Cour de cassation avait cassé l’arrêt de la juridiction de second degré, au motif que la peine prononcée était supérieure à ce que prévoit le code pénal pour de tels faits. Délocalisé à Paris, le second procès en appel est contraint d’attendre la fin de l’instruction du juge Redonnet dans l’affaire JPK avant d’avoir lieu. Vetea Guilloux, lui, persiste depuis tout ce temps dans ses accusations, expliquant s’être brièvement rétracté au début de l’affaire, à cause de la pression mise sur ses épaules par la justice.


Ph. Binet avec RP






Friday, September 11, 2009

papeete publisher blasts back after 1000 euro fine

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Tahiti Pacifique publisher Alex du Prel was fined 1,000 euros for defaming the public prosecutor of Pape'ete.                                  
Tahiti Presse photo

NEWS

Freedom of speech advocates including Reporters Sans Frontiers were dismayed at the decision of a Paris court to fine one of the region's few independent media.
Tahiti Pacifique publisher Alex du Prel had previously defended dozens of claims against him over an 18 year publishing career, but had to employ expensive legal help when the prosecutor applied successfully for the case to be heard 17,000 or so kilometres away in Paris.
He's taking it sitting up. His latest issue offers more exposes of the hidden Flosse years, with spies and surveillance.

tahiti publisher blasts back at flosse

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papeete publisher blasts back after 1000 euro fine

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Tahiti Pacifique publisher Alex du Prel was fined 1,000 euros for defaming the public prosecutor of Pape'ete.                                   Tahiti Presse photo

NEWS

Freedom of speech advocates including Reporters Sans Frontiers were dismayed at the decision of a Paris court to fine one of the region's few independent media.
Tahiti Pacifique publisher Alex du Prel had previously defended dozens of claims against him over an 18 year publishing career, but had to employ expensive legal help when the prosecutor applied successfully for the case to be heard 17,000 or so kilometres away in Paris.
He's taking it sitting up. His latest issue offers more exposes of the hidden Flosse years, with spies and surveillance.

tahiti publisher blasts back at flosse

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les barbouzes tahiti - flosse shadow spies


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COMMENT

Recently fined 1000 euros for defaming a Pape'ete prosecutor, Tahiti Pacifique publisher Alex du Prel has blasted back with a front cover expose of secret dealings during the Flosse years.

The phrase "barbouzes" is slang similar to "spooks" while "filatures, surveillances, enregistrements" refers to shadowing, surveillance and recordings.

September caps a rough few months for the 18 year old magazine, one of the few independents left in the Pacific.

Earlier, a Paris court, 18,000 kilometres from Pape'ete, had found in favour of a complaint from a French prosecutor representing Tahiti. It is one of the few successful attempts at defamation proceedings, du Prel receiving dozens of legal - and illegal - threats over the years.

Their decision came despite earlier decisions by the Consultative Commission on National Defence Secrets to not release three documents from the Directorate General of External Security, French equivalent of the CIA. Seized during a historic raid on DGSE by an investigating justice, the documents first had to be screened by the independent panel for national security considerations.

Without the documents, however, it is impossible to prove whether Tahiti Pacifique was right or wrong. As Reporters Sans Frontiers asks, was "a journalist silenced in order to protect a French politician, or several of them?”

RSF described the fine as "extremely regrettable. Defence secrecy has again been used to prevent the truth from emerging, in this case the truth about a journalist’s murder. We fear the recent progress in the Couraud murder investigation will go no further and that the authorities have decided to bury the case.”

Meantime, there has been a second request to lift the diplomatic immunity held by Flosse as a senator for French Polynesia, following expose of kickbacks from an advertising agency contracted to the Office of Post and Telecommunications.

LINKS

Tahiti Pacifique
RSF

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