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‘Akilisi Pohiva paid $22,000 in legal costs to the Supreme Court yesterday, October 20 so that he can stand as a candidate for Tonga’s General Election on November 27, 2014.
A second session of the Court of Appeal began today and will hear 16 appeals, including an appeal by a former police inspector over his conviction and 11-year imprisonment in Kali Fungavaka’s death.
Monday 20 October 2014
Chief Justice Michael Scott today ordered ‘Akilisi Pohiva to pay $22,000 in legal costs to the Registrar of the Supreme Court by close of business on 21 October 2014.
Friday 17 October 2014
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Doubts have been cast over the eligibility of ‘Akilisi Pohiva, the People’s Representative for Tongatapu Constituency No. 1, to register as a candidate in Tonga’s November 25 General Election, while a $22,000 costs award against him, ordered by a Magistrate, remains outstanding.
Wednesday 15 October 2014
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A lawsuit filed by Tongan MP Sione Taione against the Tongan government, accusing it of unlawfully making payments to three nobles, was rejected by the Supreme Court on Friday 22 August.
Wednesday 27 August 2014 - 1 comment
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After an application against his removal order was declined by the Supreme Court last week, Antone Thomas Pedras (62) was this week granted a stay on the removal until the outcome of his appeal to the Court of Appeal is determined in October this year.
Friday 22 August 2014
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A 62 year-old American man, Antone Thomas Pedras is facing deportation after his appeal against a removal order was dismissed by the Supreme Court.
Tuesday 19 August 2014
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Former Police Constable Fatai Faletau (36) who was convicted of assaulting Kali Fungavaka in 2012, was sentenced today to eight months imprisonment.
Tuesday 29 July 2014
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Kilifi Nau (55) was sentenced to life imprisonment by Justice Cato at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on 17 July, for murdering a 25-year-old woman in December 2012.
Monday 28 July 2014
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Hon Justice Cato sentenced Police Inspector Kelepi Hala’ufia to 11 years and Police Constable Salesi Maile to nine years in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this morning, 9 July.
Wednesday 9 July 2014
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Sentencing of the two policemen convicted of the convicted of manslaughter in the death of New Zealand Police Officer Kali Fungavaka in 2012 has been adjourned until next week, on Wednesday, July 9 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
Tuesday 1 July 2014
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A 62-year-old fugitive from the United States, who is wanted by the FBI for wire fraud, will appear at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 22 to appeal against a removal order.
Thursday 26 June 2014
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Four men, including three policemen convicted of manslaughter and assault in relation to the death of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka, will be sentenced on Tuesday, 1 July.
Tuesday 24 June 2014
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Patelesio Mafi (66) received a three-year suspended sentence on Wednesday, June 11 for attacking his nephew Richard Mafi (39) with a machete at the family Ha’amoko Bakery in 2011. He was ordered to pay $1,000 in compensation to the victim.
Thursday 12 June 2014 - 1 comment
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The death of Kali Fungavaka was a tragedy for everyone, the Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee said, after hearing the verdict in the manslaughter trial of the five arresting officers at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court yesterday, June 6.
Saturday 7 June 2014 - 1 comment
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Police Inspector Kelepi Hala’ufia and Police Constable Salesi Maile were this morning convicted of manslaughter for the death of New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka in Nuku’alofa in 2012. They are remanded in custody for sentencing.
Friday 6 June 2014
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A jury today found Semisi Kalisitiane Manu not guilty of manslaughter, but convicted him on an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm in relation to Kali Fungavaka’s death.
Friday 30 May 2014
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Closing submissions from counsel in the jury-trial into the death of Kali Fungavaka was completed today with final direction from the judge expected tomorrow May 30, before the jury retires to deliberate on a verdict.
Thursday 29 May 2014
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A surgeon specialist told the jury-trial into the death of Kali Fungavaka today that the deceased had sustained head injuries that included multiple skull fractures on the top of his head, when examined upon admission to Vaiola Hospital on August 18, 2012.
Tuesday 27 May 2014
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A prisoner told the jury-trial for the civilian accused Semisi Kalisitiane Manu in the death of Kali Fungavaka, he saw Manu punch the victim inside cell 7 causing him to fall banging his head hard on the floor. While, another prisoner alleged to have witnessed beforehand the police beating up Kali “like treating an animal”.
Friday 23 May 2014
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