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Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men of Chinese origin who hid tobacco in tea bags were found guilty of smuggling and failing to declare to Tonga Customs tobacco in excess of the legal limit when the men arrived at Fua’amotu International Airport, in April last year.
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Friday 24 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Xiao Long Fang was fined $9,000 pa’anga to be paid within 48-hours from 23 June or face six-months imprisonment for importing a large number of counterfeit exercise books manufactured in China, which he falsely represented to have been from New Zealand’s Croxley Stationery Ltd.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Women need to be protected from predatory behaviour in their own homes, said a judge in sentencing Lopeti Talafekau Soafa (18) to four-years imprisonment for the attempted rape of a 23-year-old volunteer from Japan in October last year, at Tofoa.
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Wednesday 1 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Langi Naufahu (54) was sentenced to five and a half-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm for pouring a pot of boiling water on his wife in a “cruel and callous” deliberate action at their home in Sopu last year. The victim, the mother of their nine children, was put on life support with 35 to 40 percent burns of her total body surface area and suffered permanent injury from the terrifying experience.
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A quarrel with another person at Ha’ateiho resulted in a complaint laid against Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, that led to police executing a search warrant at the noble’s home earlier this month. The noble appeared at the Magistrate’s Court today on various charges, and his case was adjourned to Tuesday, 24 May.
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Tuesday 17 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil servant, Poasi Ngaluafe (49) has been charged with reckless and drunk driving in relation to the death of a man who was allegedly sitting in the middle of By-Pass Road at Longolongo early Sunday morning, 8 May.
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Monday 16 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drunk driver, Malolo ‘Inia (31) whose vehicle crashed into a property and killed a woman near her house, at Ma’ufanga on New Year’s Day 2015, was sentenced to three-years imprisonment.
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Friday 13 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uini Kava (46) is the man who died after he was allegedly run over by a vehicle while sitting in the middle of By-Pass Road in Longolongo early Sunday morning, 8 May.
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Friday 13 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge dismissed an appeal filed by a letter writer, Kele’a newspaper and two others in a defamation case that awarded judgment and costs against them back in 2013.
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Friday 6 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaka Fanua (20) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment after being convicted for reckless driving that caused the death of a minibus driver Tikisinale Kena on a road in Feletoa, Vava’u, on August 19, 2015.
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Tuesday 26 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A visiting Tongan couple from New Zealand who wanted to adopt a young girl had their application rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday, April 22. The couple intended to take the 5 year-old to be raised in their home in Christchurch. However, the court concluded that the child was better off living in Tonga.
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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah
Utah gang member, Nitokalisi Fonua has asked for forgiveness from the families of his two victims during his sentencing by a Salt Lake City court last Saturday April 16. Nitokalisi was sentenced to 40 years’ imprisonment for the murder of Viliami Latu (34) in 2007 and Krystal Flores (22) in 2009.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Havea Folau will have his name registered in a town allotment at Vaini village in Tongatapu, ordered the Lord Chief Justice who found that the Minister of Lands had no power in this circumstance to cancel the grant or make a grant of this same piece of land and register it in the name of another person, in a ruling on 18 April in the Land Court of Tonga in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 19 April 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
Now imprisoned Tongan businessman, Mosese Uele, was yesterday identified in a New Zealand Court as being the alleged “inside man” for a major illegal drug trafficking operation between China and New Zealand. He was named in the trial of Chinese born Yixin Gan (35) who once lived in Tonga and is accused of smuggling 250kg of drugs into New Zealand.
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Monday 18 April 2016
Tongan resident, Christopher Pedras, also known as Antone Thomas Pedras, may face deportation from Tonga after an extradition hearing took place in Nuku’alofa on March 29. The US Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement division wants Pedras removed from Tonga to face fraud charges including an alleged $8 million Ponzi scheme.
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Friday 15 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Parents of an eight-months old infant, who died after no medical treatment was sought in 2014, were acquitted of manslaughter by negligence and an alternative count of willful neglect of a child on 8 April, by a Supreme Court judge who considered that all concerned were victims of poverty. “The circumstances of the case are tragic,” he said.
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Friday 15 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 16-years imprisonment sentence was imposed on a man who had pleaded guilty to multiple counts of having carnal knowledge and indecently assaulting two girls who were under the age of 12 in 2014. The security of young children in Tonga is paramount here, said Mr Justice Cato on 7 April, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 11 April 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ousted Member of Parliament, Mateni Tapueluelu, has successfully appealed against a declaration made by Lord Chief Justice Paulsen that resulted in him being removed from Parliament in December last year. The Court of Appeal of Tonga overturned the decision on Friday April 8.
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Monday 4 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Chief Justice has quashed a decision by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, to end the terms of two directors of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission who had refused to resign from the board voluntarily. The Supreme Court’s ruling also exposed a failure of the government in “a duty of candour” to disclose all relevant facts and the content of its decision making process.
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Friday 1 April 2016
Washington State, USA
A Tongan woman has been jailed by a US court for sexually abusing and prostituting her 6 year-old daughter.
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