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Thursday 17 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga has stopped a man from evicting his aunty from his registered land in Ma'ufanga. The man’s Aunt (52) had been living on the town allotment for all of her life. The court on last week ordered the Minister of Lands to cancel the man’s deed of grant over the property after it was ruled that the Minister and his officers did not make sufficient enquiries into the availability of the land before it was registered to the nephew.
Friday 4 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nausaimone Kitekei’aho, a man in his 50s, who was convicted of possession of 3,800 grams illicit drug cannabis and bribery of a Tongan Police officer, will be sentenced on 31 August at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. This was a case where the marijuana and photographs of it were lost by police - but neither the defence nor prosecution made much of it.
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Tuesday 1 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tu'italakitai Afuha'amango from Kolofo'ou was sentenced to five-years for charges including forgery in relation to an application for a Tongan passport.
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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nanise Fifita, the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission, has been unsuccessful in an attempt to challenge a decision of the Minister of Public Enterprises in the courts, after her contract renewal was voided by government.
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Friday 14 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgment on a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita against government, on the termination of her contract is expected to be released on Friday, July 21.
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Thursday 13 July 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
In the New Zealand High Court yesterday, two men of Tongan descent, Luigi Havea (26) and Panepasa Havea, were found guilty of the kidnapping and manslaughter of a 50-year-old Thai woman, Jindarat Prutsiriporn.
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Tuesday 11 July 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Hafoka (27) was sentenced to five-years and nine-months imprisonment after pleading guilty to manslaughter, when he stabbed a 23-year-old man with a small knife during a confrontation in Nuku’alofa on July 11, 2015.
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Thursday 22 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgement on a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita against government, on the termination of her contract is expected to be made next week.
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Tuesday 20 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sio Vaka (20) was acquitted of manslaughter in relation to the stabbing death of Lipine Fakatene (33) in January last year, after a Supreme Court judge ruled this was self-defence during a tragic altercation at Fua'amotu. “Knives and other weapons should not be carried by young men for the purpose of fighting and this case is a demonstration of the very tragic consequences that can occur when they are,” said the Judge.
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Friday 16 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An angry, drunken man who wilfully set fire to a relative's house at Tatakamotonga, Tongatapu, was found guilty of serious arson, in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on 14 June.
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Thursday 15 June 2017

Seattle, USA
A young US Tongan woman in Seattle, Melissa Prisila Langi (23), is being charged with 10 counts of first-degree assault by a US Court for her participation in four separate drive-by shootings. She was arrested by Seattle Police last month May 26, in connection to the shootings.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017

Salt Lake City-Utah, USA
Two women and one man of Tongan descent in Utah, are facing federal charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy to distribute Methamphetamine in the Salt Lake City area. The three are Makasini Lomu (50) of West Valley City, Siosifina Ositamani (41) of Salt Lake City, and Timote Fangupo (36) of West Jordan.
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Tuesday 13 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's courts have granted the confiscation of $28,289 pa'anga of "tainted property" from a woman who ran a Chinese Clinic at Havelu - the first confiscation under Tonga's Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crimes Act 2000.
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Monday 12 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Lord Chief Justice will proceed straight to hear a judicial review filed by the former General Manager of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita, now set for Tuesday, June 20, at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 9 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An injunction filed by the former General Manager of Tonga Broadcasting Commission Nanise Fifita has been adjourned to be heard on Monday, June 12.
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Wednesday 7 June 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an application by the Public Service Association and ‘Akilisi Pohiva to recover further documents from defendants, Kingdom of Tonga and Tongasat, in an ongoing legal proceeding, in which they essentially claimed the unlawful payment of millions to Tongasat, for the use of orbital slots by a Chinese company.
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Wednesday 31 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer (27) charged with armed robbery remains in custody after his case was adjourned to 6 June.
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Thursday 25 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Petuliki Lave (22) was sentenced to eight years imprisonment after pleading guilty to the serious offence of carnal knowledge of a child under the age of 12.
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Thursday 25 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paletili Afu (33) who pleaded guilty to various counts including reckless driving causing the death of a one-year-old baby boy during a collision on the road in 2016, received a two and a half-years suspended sentence, at the Supreme Court on 18 May. The judge noted with concern that it is not uncommon for passengers to be thrown from cars or trucks, during collisions of unworthy vehicles on Tonga's roads.
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Tuesday 23 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application for leave for judicial review filed by Nanise Fifita, former CEO of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission against Government regarding the termination of her employment contract, has been granted by the Supreme Court.
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