French Polynesia mayor's corruption case reaches court

5:07 pm on 26 August 2017
Cyril Tetuanui, mayor of Tumaraa in French Polynesia

The prosecution wants Cyril Tetuanui declared ineligible for public office. Photo: AFP

The appeal court in French Polynesia has heard two corruption cases involving the mayor of Tumara'a Cyril Tetuanui.

The prosecution wants to declare him ineligible to hold public office for two years and one year respectively.

In one case, he was found guilty in the criminal court of accepting $US13,000 from a local baker and in return allotting him stalls in what was dubbed political sponsoring.

In December, Tetuanui had been given a suspended eight-month prison sentence for abusing a tendering process to build gymnasiums.

The verdicts are due on 18 October and 2 November respectively.

Five years ago, Cyril Tetuanui was given a suspended 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 to the French High Commission 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.

She is now a member of the French Senate for French Polynesia.