Two policemen and another man who are accused of the manslaughter of a New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka, who died from injuries received in police custody in 2012, made their first appearance at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa before Mr Justice Charles Cato this morning, who will hear two appeals on June 24 before a trial date is set.
The Preliminary Inquiry for Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, the current Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, who is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, has been set for July 29-31.
Two Tongan Lords, including the current Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga and a former Speaker, have pending court cases at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s court, after being charged with offences of illegal possession of arms and ammunitions.
Defence counsel for the six accused who have been charged with manslaugher following the death in police custody of a New Zealand Police officer, Kali Fungavaka last August, presented a written submission to Magistrate Salesi Mafi today, March 5, in response to earlier submissions made by the prosecutor, during a Preliminary Inquiry on February 25-28, calling for the case to be tried at the Supreme Court.
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 Preliminary Inquiry of the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, who has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a license will be held on February 22. Meanwhile Lord Tu’ilakepa’s appeal against a Magistrate ruling will be heard on January 30.
A preliminary inquiry in an illegal arms and ammunition case against Lord Tu’ilakepa, a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, is now anticipated for sometime early next year, depending on the outcome of his appeal lodged on Friday last week.
Lord Tu’ilakepa, a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga who is facing multiple charges of conspiracy to the importation of illicit drugs and illegal possession of firearms, had his case adjourned yet again. He is appealing against a decision by a Magistrate, for the Preliminary Inquiry to be held on 27 November.
The case against the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, who is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a license was adjourned to February, 2013.