Call for jail term for French Polynesia mayor

4:30 pm on 15 December 2016

The prosecution in French Polynesia has called for two-year jail sentence for the mayor of Tumara'a Cyril Tetuanui for corruption.

Cyril Tetuanui, mayor of Tumaraa in French Polynesia

Cyril Tetuanui, mayor of Tumaraa in French Polynesia Photo: AFP

This came on the same day as Tetuanui was given a suspended eight-month prison sentence in a separate case for abusing a tendering process to build gymnasiums.

In the lastest case, he has been accused of accepting $US13,000 from a local baker and in return allotting him stalls in what was dubbed political sponsoring.

The prosecution also wanted him barred from holding public office for five years.

The defence lawyer has criticised the prosecution, saying it wants to send his client to prison for him having given a few breadsticks to a school.

A verdict is expected on 14 February.

Four years ago, Cyril Tetuanui was given a suspended jail sentence and declared ineligible for public office for a year by France's highest court.

However, he didn't quit office because the court document was never sent through and the sentence lapsed.

He and his wife Lana Tetuanui had been found guilty of using municipal employees in 2002 to work on their private residence.

Shortly before his wife became a French Senator last year, a complaint was lodged with the police claiming he was on the pay roll as her assistant in her office at the assembly for 30 hours a week.

She said she had adhered to assembly rules and her husband had always accompanied her on her travels around the territory.

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