An attempt by the Ministry of Justice to reform Tonga’s judicial system is on hold, awaiting HM King Tupou VI’s consent to amendments of the Constitution and the Judicial and Legal Service Commission Act, that were passed by Parliament at the end of August. A constitutional review has found that “The provisions in the Constitution relating to the Judiciary are particularly laking in both structure and content to the extent that they are not only unworkable but are totally incompatible with the principles of constitutional monarchy and democracy upon which the new Constitution of 2010 was supposed to have been founded.” By Pesi Fonua.
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A mystery surrounds negotiations for two of Tonga’s orbital slots and the signing by the Tonga Government of an agreement with a satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region. From the House, by Pesi Fonua
An attempt by the former Minister of Finance Lisiate ‘Akolo to make a direct in-put into the 2014-2015 National Budget with nine Motion Resolutions that he tabled into the Tongan parliament on 24 March was deflected by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards. From the House by Pesi Fonua.
An appeal by a Tongatapu People’s Representative, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, against a ruling by a Nuku’alofa Magistrate to dismiss a case he brought against the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and three others will be heard on November 27, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
A letter writer to the Kele’a and the newspaper, along with its publisher and editor, were ordered to pay a total of $249,442 in damages and costs in a civil defamation case that was brought by the Tongan Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano and six Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Justice Hon. Clive Edwards.
A Nuku’alofa Magistrate has ruled there was no case to answer in accusations made against Tonga’s Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano, the Minister of Justice Hon Clive Edwards, and a Tongan company Tongasat, headed by HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita, who appeared before the court last week.
Four local companies who were suing their insurance company for cover over damage to their properties in the riots of 16 November 2006, ended their case today on the basis that no party paid costs. The plaintiffs were disappointed to pull out as the evidence in court about the riots favoured the defence position that the riots resulted from “a popular rising, people connected with an organisation the objects of which included influencing the government by violent means and terrorism.”
The Minister of Justice, Hon Clive Edwards told the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Friday, November 9, that three businesses, associated with the Prime Minister, the monarchy and their business partners were targeted in violence in central Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006.
‘Akilisi Pohiva’s talk of laying criminal charges against the Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano for allegedly misappropriating millions of government funds, caused a stir in Tonga’s parliament this morning. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
When members of parliament presented their reports of how they had spent their allocations of $117,647 each on their national tours, they became embroiled in debate over the report of ‘Akilisi Pohiva, whose report called for the termination of the Lord title with noble privileges that was created by the late King George Tupou V. From the House by Pesi Fonua
A motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards, for a Parliamentary Select Committee to find out why protesters burnt Nuku’alofa on 16 November 2006, was withdrawn by order of the Acting Speaker yesterday, after ‘Akilisi Pohiva pleaded with the Prime Minister to ask the Acting Speaker to have it withdrawn. From the House by Pesi Fonua
Since Monday, September 10, the Tongan Parliament has been trying to decide what to do with a new motion by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Clive Edwards for a parliamentary select committee to go and find out why protesters burned the Nuku’alofa Central Business District on 16 November 2006. Clive’s new motion riled up emotional and aggressive comments from members of the House who reminded him that there were court cases and they had got off, but if he wanted to go back to the past they might get caught this time. From the House, by Pesi Fonua.
Five People’s Representatives in the Tongan parliament in 2006 are acquitted of an indictment on a joint charge of seditious conspiracy because of inadequate evidence by the Crown, in a decision released by Tonga’s Appeal Court on Wednesday.
The five People’s Representatives who face criminal charges relating to the destruction of Nuku’alofa on November 16, 2006, appeared at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for the first time this morning to make their pleas.
Tonga’s Minister of Police Hon. Siaosi ‘Aho said that he thought ‘Akilisi Pohiva was hallucinating when he came into the Cabinet Room on November 16 and demanded for government to endorse a proposal by the people for political change.
Tonga’s Acting Prime Minister took the witness stand on Day Three of a preliminary inquiry hearing into sedition charges against five People’s Representatives and told the Court that the Prime Minister had been asked to write a letter under duress on November 16 while the town burned.
Police Magistrate Samiu Palu this morning adjourned again the court appearance of ‘Akilisi Pohiva, Tu’i Uata and Semisi Sika to Friday Febuary 9.
The Noble Tu’ipelehake today refused to attend the closure of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, and sat outside in protest against the People’s Representatives who, he said, “have used terrorism as a political tool.”
Addressing a stunned nation at about 6:30 pm on Thursday November 16 after the supporters of a rally organised by Pro-Democracy People’s Representatives’ and the Pangai Si’i Committee had sacked central Nuku’alofa, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘Uliti Uata, Lepolo Taunisila, Clive Edwards and ‘Isileli Pulu went live on Radio Tonga to make their victory speeches to the nation. By Pesi Fonua.
No costs were awarded to the Government of Tonga, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the House after the Tonga Supreme Court heard submissions on costs for the Parliamentary case that challenged the legality of the Opening of the Tongan Legislature by the Princess Regent on June 1.