Key evidence of what went on in the back of the Nuku’alofa Police Station the night New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavake received fatal injuries, is expected to come out in a preliminary inquiry that was due to start this morning in the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court but was delayed when it was discovered that the evidence of the accused policemen and civilian will clash.
From the Courts
A disciplinary committee of the Tonga Law Society who is challenging the Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services and Revenue, Siosifa Tu’utafaiva, has not received his written submission in regards to alleged professional misconduct that was due on Friday, February 15.
Five months after the death of Kali Fungavaka, who was injured while in police custody, the Preliminary Inquiry of five Tongan police officers and one civilian who are charged with manslaughter will be held on February 25-27, at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court.
Tonga’s new Minister of Police, Prisons and Fire Services and Revenue Services, Siosifa Tu’utafaiva, is being challenged by a disciplinary committee of the Tonga Law Society.
Six members of a Parliamentary Select Committee have paid costs of $5,500 to the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court for delay in a hearing on an application for a Judicial Review of the Report on how a multi-million pa’anga loan from China was spent on the reconstruction of Nuku’alofa. The Attorney General is considering acting for the parliamentary committee, but not as individual members.
The Crown is expected to formally withdraw two of the illicit drug charges against Lord Tu’ilakepa due to insufficient evidence - two years after the noble was first charged in December 2010.
A hearing on an application for a Judicial Review of the Report of a Parliamentary Select Committee that investigated how a multi-million pa’anga loan from China was spent on the reconstruction of Nuku’alofa was adjourned to April 4. Five of the six committee members, who are defendants in this case, appeared at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Wednesday January 23 unprepared for the hearing and without legal representation.
A Preliminary Inquiry of the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga Lord Tu’iha’ateiho, who has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a license will be held on February 22. Meanwhile Lord Tu’ilakepa’s appeal against a Magistrate ruling will be heard on January 30.
One of three accused Police Constables has been acquitted of manslaughter after police prosecution offered no evidence in relation to the death of ‘Inoke Finau Vala Pepa (20) in Vaini last year.
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Sevele is calling for a judicial review of the report of a parliamentary select committee, in an application to the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court that will be heard on 23 January 2013.