7 Mar 2007

Jail term sought for French Polynesian party leader Vernaudon

4:34 pm on 7 March 2007

A court in French Polynesia has been told by the prosecution that an assembly member and former minister, Emile Vernaudon, should be given a 30-month suspended jail sentence over the so-called Tautira land affair.

The prosecution has also called for him to be fined 20,000 US dollars and be given a five-year suspension of his civic rights for corruption over the land deal.

The defence says the proposed sentence is too serious and could ruin his career as a politician.

It comes after his corruption conviction early last year when he was given a suspended one-year jail sentence.

He is the leader of the Aia Api Party which joined forces with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party last year.

Despite his conviction he was allowed to remain an assembly member.