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Thursday 11 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chief Justice dismissed an application by Mateni and Lautala Tapueluelu for a transfer to the Supreme Court of a civil proceeding for defamation brought against them by the CEO of Tonga Communications Corporation (TCC). The case will remain to be heard by the Magistrate’s Court
Saturday 6 February 2016
Sisi Pale (34) has been sentenced to serve a combined imprisonment sentence of six and a half-years for robbery and rape of a woman who was home alone at Sopu during a group break-in on June 10, 2014.
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Saturday 6 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita ‘Ahoafi was sentenced to four-years imprisonment on Friday, 5 February for the manslaughter death of his paternal grand-uncle whom he killed in 2013 when he repeatedly struck him with a metallic pipe and a piece of wood at Ha’avakatolo, Tongatapu.
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Friday 29 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s troubled Cabinet minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu today lost his disputed seat in Parliament when Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen declared his election on November 27, 2014, as the People’s Representative for the Vava’u No. 16 Electoral District to be void.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lokoua Taufahema (42) was sentenced to 12-years imprisonment for the manslaughter death of his wife who died from severe burns when in a cruel act he poured hot cooking oil on her at Navutoka in December, 2014.
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Wednesday 20 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sio Vaka (19) has been charged with murder in the death of a 36-year-old man, Lipine Fakatene, whom he allegedly stabbed during a fight in Fua’amotu on Sunday night, 17 January.
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Monday 18 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people have been charged so far by Tonga Police in an ongoing investigation into alleged forgery and illegal issuance of Tongan passports.
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Tuesday 12 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were released on bail today after they were stopped from leaving Tonga at Fua’amotu International Airport on Monday, 11 January, and charged with using forged documents in relation to forged Tongan passports.
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Tuesday 12 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Supreme Court has yet to confirm a date for the delivery of a judgment that will decide the fate of Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu as the Vava’u No. 16 People’s Representative to Parliament.
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Saturday 19 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chairperson and a director who refused to resign from the board of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) are seeking a judicial review of the early terminations of their three-year appointments to the board of the public enterprise.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paea Winston Helu (32) has been jailed for seven and a half years for killing 19-year-old Feleti Veikoso, whom he beat up and left severely injured in front of Hala-‘o-vave Primary School in Nuku’alofa last year.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgment to decide the fate of Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu as Vava’u’s No 16 People’s Representative to Parliament is expected to be delivered in January 2016.
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Wednesday 16 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mateni Tapueluelu, the No. 4 Tongatapu People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly has lost his seat, in a Nuku’alofa Supreme Court ruling on 11 December 2015 that found his election was unconstitutional because of outstanding debts on a court order from 2011.
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Tuesday 15 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for corruption during his election campaign last year completed hearing evidence from witnesses today Tuesday, 15 December.
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Monday 14 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for illegal campaigning and corruption continued today Monday, 14 December when the Supreme Court in Neiafu heard some of the remaining witnesses for the defendant.
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Thursday 10 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for alleged illegal campaigning and corruption will continue on Monday, 14 December, to hear the remaining witnesses for the defendant at the Supreme Court in Neiafu.
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu denied allegations of illegal campaigning and corruption in the 2014 General Election, during his evidence to the Supreme Court in Neiafu on Friday, 4 December.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An inquest has confirmed that Haini Muller (24) died from drowning at Hufangalupe Beach in Vaini on 26 November.
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Saturday 5 December 2015
Neiafu, Vava'u
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for corruption during his 2014 election campaign continued this week with witnesses called by the Petitioner Viliami Uasike Latu, at the Supreme Court in Neiafu.
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Friday 4 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga this morning declared Tupou Tongaliuaki Filo’aulo Aleamotu’a (24) as the lawful holder of the hereditary title Fielakepa, and that his uncle’s appointment as a trustee of the Fielakepa estate was null and void, and also that the publication in the Gazette of the defendant’s name as holder of the title Fielakepa was made in error.
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