The Crown is expected to formally withdraw two of the illicit drug charges against Lord Tu’ilakepa due to insufficient evidence - two years after the noble was first charged in December 2010.
A former Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu’ilakepa and the current Deputy Speaker Lord Tu’iha’ateiho will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court separately in October and November, for preliminary inquiries on separate criminal charges.
Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of five rifles at Veitongo, Tongatapu, on February 2.
Tonga’s police have suspended issuing any new firearms licenses as a response to the increasing number of armed hold-up incidents in Tonga, but they believe there are many people in possession of illegal firearms.
Tongan police are hunting for two armed men, who robbed a Chinese shop at Longolongo on Thursday evening, February 9.
ord Tu’iha’ateiho will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on March 28 for a preliminary inquiry on a charge of unlawful possession of an automatic pistol without a licence.
The Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Lasike will appear at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa on September 30 on a charge of the unlawful possession of ammunition, .22 rifle bullets.