A very high-ranking Tongan police officer was dismissed last month for serious misconduct after he took a prisoner to his home in Nuku’alofa on New Year’s Day. The prisoner attacked the officer’s wife while he left the house.
Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee
Two very high-ranking Tongan police officers are under an investigation into allegations that 33 convictions of Tongan citizens were ordered to be “wiped” from police records over several years, under an unwritten policy that was tacitly approved by a former and now deceased Minister of Police.
‘Ofa Lauaki of ‘Ohonua was charged with bribing a police officer Detective Pita Tahitu’a with a sack of taro and bunches of bananas, so that traffic charges against him might be dropped.
The unclaimed remains of Milan Rindzak (35), found on the ‘JeReVe’ yacht together with over 200kgs of cocaine on Luatafito Atoll in November last year, will be buried in Vava’u soon. Two months after his death there has been no contact received from his next of kin.
The 25-year-old woman who was allegedly murdered by her 52-year-old partner has been identified by police as Haitelenisia Hoko Gatehouse.
A third diver has died after using a dangerous method known as ‘hookah diving’ while diving for sea cucumbers this week in Ha’afeva, Ha’apai. Tonga’s Police Commissioner is appealing to divers never to use the illegal method.
Tonga Police have not yet confirmed the cause of death of Milan Rindzak (35) the Slovak national whose badly decomposed body was found on ‘JeReVe’ yacht with over 200kgs of cocaine on 7 November, on an atoll in the Vava’u Group.
Tonga Police reported three accidental deaths in the last four days, including a drowning in ‘Eua, a road death in Vava’u, and a suicide at Pelehake in Tongatapu.
An autopsy report has confirmed no foul play or injuries were evident in relation to the death of an unidentified European man whose badly decomposed body was found on the JeReVe yacht that was stuck on a reef off Luatafito Atoll, in Vava’u, Tonga, with over 200kg of cocaine last week.
Three Tongan Police Constables have now been charged with manslaughter in regards to the death of 20-year-old ‘Inoke Finau Vala Pepa, after a fight at Vaini early Friday morning, 16 November.