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Tuesday 28 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hemaloto Makafilia (23) has been sentenced to six-years imprisonment for attempted rape to be served concurrently with other serious offences when he committed a vicious attack on an overseas volunteer teacher, at a primary school in Nuku’alofa last year.
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Friday 24 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal of Tonga on 16 March 2017 overturned a decision by the Supreme Court that a 2007 tenancy agreement for a commercial property at Haveluloto was unconscionable. The tenant won the appeal and the landlords were ordered not to interfere with access to the building by the shopkeeper and her sub-tenant.
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Thursday 16 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by the Mo'ui Fo'ou ‘ia Kalaisi Fellowship and two others made against a Land Court ruling last year ordering them to vacate a property belonging to the Tokaikolo 'ia Kalaisi Church at Ha’ateiho.
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Friday 10 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rizvi Jurangpathy, CEO of the Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) through his counsel withdrew his appeal during the 2017 Tonga Court of Appeal first day of sitting on Thursday, March 9 in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 7 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple from Tokomololo, charged in relation to possession of cannabis, a pistol and cash after a car chase last month at Fo'ui, are due to appear in court on Thursday, March 9.
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Monday 6 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal 2017 session will hear six appeals from March 9-10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa with judgments to be delivered on Thursday, March 16.
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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 14 February at the Supreme Court Nuku’alofa ordered a couple Siosaia H. Fonua and Mary Prem Fonua to pay the Bank of South Pacific Tonga Ltd (Westpac Bank of Tonga) over $371,639.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple from Tokomololo who were arrested and charged in relation to possession of cannabis, a pistol and cash after a car chase last week at Fou’i had their case adjourned to Thursday, February 23.
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Thursday 16 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Melekiseteki Helu (26) has appeared in court in relation to assaulting his 60-year-old father with a machete in January.
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Tuesday 14 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paki Fukofuka is the 47-year old man from Ha’avakatolo who has been charged over his role in helping two escaped prisoners while they were on the run in Tongatapu on 31 January.
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Tuesday 7 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Speaker of Parliament Lord Lasike, who was removed from parliament in 2012 is to be paid $223,385 pa’anga in remuneration by the Kingdom of Tonga, in lieu of a salary that he would have earned as a member of the Legislative Assembly and as Speaker from July 9, 2012 to November 24, 2014, ruled the Lord Chief Justice on February 2.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A US court in Hawaii has found that Dean Jay Fletcher, an American citizen charged with the murder of his wife in Tonga, is extraditable for each of the offences in which the Government of Tonga had applied for his return to Tonga.
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Friday 27 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury has found Lord Tu’iha’ateiho not guilty of five charges regarding three separate incidents at Ha’ateiho last year in a verdict on Wednesday, January 25 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 26 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Meini Hafoka (51) has pleaded guilty to obtaining money by false pretence for an alleged Tongan passport scam, after appearing at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court this week.
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Wednesday 21 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court of Tonga has ruled that the Minister of Tourism and Infrastructure Hon. Semisi Sika acted mistakenly and unlawfully when he terminated the appointments of five Board directors of the Tonga Tourism Authority on 17 June this year.
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Thursday 8 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga has formally submitted an extradition request to the United States Government for the return of Dean Jay Fletcher (54) to be tried in Nuku’alofa to face a charge of murdering his wife in July this year in Neiafu, Vava'u.
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Tuesday 29 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Supreme Court has dismissed a civil application made by Rizvi Jurangpathy, CEO of the Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC) who was seeking an interim stay of an investigation by the Public Relations Commission.
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Wednesday 23 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 21-year-old man from Pahu who is charged in relation to the brutal attack on a 58-year-old woman last week at Pahu, has been further detained in custody to appear at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on Friday, December 2. The Tongan national has been charged with assault with a weapon, housebreaking and theft. More charges may follow.
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Tuesday 22 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A "hopeless" statement of claim filed by the Pacific International Commercial Bank Ltd (PICB) against the National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT) was struck out by the Lord Chief Justice, who awarded the Reserve Bank indemnity costs in a Supreme Court civil ruling.
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Friday 18 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants who pleaded guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery case were all sent to Hu'atolitoli Prison on Friday, November 18 after being sentenced at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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