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Tuesday 27 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fate of three young men tried for serious housebreaking and theft is expected to be delivered this week in a Supreme Court verdict. The three contractual workers were jointly charged of serious housebreaking and theft of more than $20,000 pa’anga cash from Pactrade Tonga in March this year.
Thursday 22 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by the Public Service Association, for an Injunction and a Judicial Review of a Cabinet decision to implement a new salary structure for Civil Servants that was structured by the Remuneration Authority, was rejected by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 13 September 2016.
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Thursday 22 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An American citizen, who remains detained in custody on charges relating to the death of his Canadian wife on a yacht in Neiafu, Vava’u, this year has been charged with murder. He is set to appear in October for arraignment.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One of the two men who was arrested and charged for attacking a 56-year-old American woman, the United States Peace Corps Director, in July was released on bail on Monday, 19 September, while his co-accused was denied bail by a Magistrate in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 19 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by the former Tonga Tourism Authority Board Chairman, Tomifa Paea, and a Director, Simana Kami, for an Injunction to restrain the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Semisi Sika from removing them from their positions was turned down by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on 13 September.
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Thursday 15 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alani Afu, otherwise known as ‘Alani Koloamatangi, who has been in custody for extradition to Australia to face a charge of murder, which he allegedly committed some 26-years ago had his appeal dismissed by Tonga’s Court of Appeal on 14 September. His appeal was against the dismissal by a Supreme Court judge of his application for a writ of habeas corpus.
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Thursday 15 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
American fugitive Antone Thomas (Chris) Pedras (64) will be returned to the United States to stand trial on multiple counts of wire fraud, in which he is alleged to have defrauded investors of more than USD$5 million, after a second Appeal Court sitting in Nuku’alofa has ordered him to voluntarily surrender himself into custody, in a judgment delivered on Wednesday, 14 September.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on 11 November after changing their plea to guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial that began at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on 13 September. The case involves a passport application using a forged Tongan birth certificate of a person who does not exist.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s second Court of Appeal sitting today dismissed an appeal filed by a letter writer to the Kele’a newspaper, the Kele’a, and two others in a defamation case that awarded judgment against them when they were ordered to pay more than $200,000 in damages and costs after they were found guilty of defamation in 2013.
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Saturday 10 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen has reserved his ruling on an application for an Injunction and a Judicial Review of a decision by the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon Semisi Sika in June 2016, to remove the Chairman and a Director of the Tonga Tourism Authority Board.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second Tonga Court of Appeal Session for this year began in Nuku’alofa on Monday, 5 September and will hear 10 cases, including appeals made by the Crown against American fugitive Antone Thomas Pedras and another by Kele’a newspaper.
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Wednesday 7 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hemaloto Makafilia (23) and Sailosi Lau’i (21) who were arrested and charged for the brutal attack of a 56-year-old American woman, the United States Peace Corps Director in Nuku’alofa in July, were denied bail by the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 5 September.
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Thursday 1 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals who have been charged with forgery, receiving bribery and other related charges regarding a complaint over a Tongan passport application that allegedly involved a forged birth certificate, will appear for trial starting on Monday, September 12 in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 29 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 25 August at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court ordered the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva and the Audit and Governance Authority of the 2019 Pacific Games to refrain from removing Lord Sevele-‘o-Vailahi from his position as the Chief Executive Officer of the Tonga Pacific Games Organizing Committee, and to pay all remuneration and other benefits due to him that has been withheld since 1 July 2016.
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Tuesday 16 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho appeared at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 August and had his case committed to the Supreme Court for arraignment on Friday, 23 September.
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Monday 15 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siokivaha Timani was sentenced to four-years and nine-months imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm when he stabbed Tesimoni Funaki with a knife, causing injuries to his back and right lung in February last year, at Navutoka.
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Friday 12 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Semisi Lolohea (27) and Monalisa Manumu’a (25) were sentenced to nine-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of ‘Eneasi Tu’ineau (48), a father of six children, who was beaten to death with heavy sticks in 2013, at Afa in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 11 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’iha’ateiho is expected to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 15 August on numerous charges including common assault, unlawful imprisonment and possession of unlicensed ammunition in relation to a public disturbance earlier this year.
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Wednesday 27 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Iketau (18) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for sodamizing a child under the age of 12 at Lapaha, Tongatapu in June last year. The accused, a first time offender was unemployed and relied on his parents who are missionaries for support.
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Tuesday 26 July 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman is entitled to feel safe in her own home. Home invasion accompanied by sexual offending is not uncommon in Tonga possibly as a consequence of the limited security many homes have, a Supreme Court judge said when sentencing Paneti Sa (18) to five-years imprisonment for the predatory and callous crime when he raped a 27-year-old pregnant woman in her own home in Tongatapu, last year.
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