Tahiti court defers verdict in Vernaudon case

12:38 pm on 29 March 2017

The criminal court in French Polynesia has deferred its verdict in the case of the former mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon, accused of abusing public funds with the running of a local radio station.

The case was heard in January but the verdict, due to be released today, will now be made public on 16 May.

Vernaudon is one of three accused in the affair which dates back to the beginning of the last decade when they allegedly spent funds meant for the radio on themselves.

Emile Vernaudon

Emile Vernaudon Photo: RNZ/ Walter Zweifel

They reportedly misspent about $US270,000 which triggered the station's demise.

The prosecution wants Vernaudon to be jailed for a year and fined $US90,000.

It has also asked for jail sentences for the co-accused Joinville Pomare and Gilles Tefaatau.

In December, Vernaudon, whose political career included two terms in the French National Assembly, was given a one-year jail term for corruption.