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Top NZ lawyer to file action over Tongasat grant

Top NZ lawyer to file action over Tongasat grant

Kiliki heni:  ke lau 'a e ongoongo ni 'i he lea faka-Tonga Tonga’s PSA and Tonga's  Democratic Party have hired New Zealand barrister Dr Rodney Harrison to act on their behalf in renewed legal action filed to reclaim US$25 million (TP$46 million/ NZ$28 million) paid to Princess Pilolevu’s satellite company in 2011. The money was […]

Police officers jailed for killing Kali Fungavaka

Police officers jailed for killing Kali Fungavaka

Two Tongan cops have been respectively jailed for 10 and eight years this morning at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for killing New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012.   Inspector Kelepi Hala’ufia was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment while Constable Salesi Maile was sentenced for eight years. Last month civilian Semisi Kalisitiane Manu was […]

Mother who killed daughter awaits sentence

Mother who killed daughter awaits sentence

The mother of 14-years-old Malia Pelenatita Kolo, who was brutally beaten to death with a heavy stick, hammer and a watering hose, will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 7 in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court. The 34-year-old mother Fifita ‘Ofa and her brother, Tomasi Ofa, 37, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, while the de-facto partner of the […]

Sia'atoutai girl complaint-teenager arrested

Sia'atoutai girl complaint-teenager arrested

A 17 year-old  from Houmakelikao has been  arrested and charged in connection with the February 8 abduction and ‘carnal knowledge’, where a 13 year-old girl was indecently assaulted. Police did not release the name of the accused. The girl from Sia’atoutai laid a formal complaint to police at Nuku’alofa central police station on February 10 […]

Charges dropped against 123 Tupou College students

Charges dropped against 123 Tupou College students

Tonga's Magistrate Salesi Mafi charged twenty-four Tupou College students and two adults with serious criminal offences in Nuku'alofa yesterday. The charges ranged from attempted murder, attempted arson, grievous bodily harm, serious housebreaking, rioting, damaging a building, and to abetment in relation to the vicious attack at a Tofoa  residence  on July18, 2013. In his ruling however, Magistrate […]

Court hears claims by Tonga’s first independent AG

Court hears claims by Tonga’s first independent AG

A case against Tongan government for alleged breach of Employment Contract has begun at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court Tuesday, November 19. Seven jurors presided over by the Chief Justice Michael Scott would hear the civil case, in which the plaintiff John Cauchi is claiming over AUD$500,000 in special damages and relief for Breach of Contract, […]

Community work: 46 Marijuana plants found

Community work: 46 Marijuana plants found

A man from Kolonga has been given a 120 hours community work and suspension of a two year imprisonment, after he was found guilty of planting marijuana in a bush allotment. Manitisa Mafi, who was arrested on July 12, pleaded guilty but humbly asked the magistrate to forgive him, saying what he had done was […]

Found guilty: Editor of Kele’a Newspaper apologizes for contempt of court

Found guilty: Editor of Kele’a Newspaper apologizes for contempt of court

The Nuku’alofa Supreme Court in August 30 ruled that the Kele’a Newspaper, its editor Mateni Tapueluelu and the publisher Laucala Pohiva Tapueluelu have disrespected the magistrate court. The Tapueluelus did not appear in court and Justice Michael Scott adjourned their sentencing until this Thursday September 12. The court ruling stemmed from an editorial published by […]