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Thursday 17 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Mo’ui Fo’ou ‘ia Kalaisi Fellowship must vacate the property of the Siasi Tokaikolo ‘ia Kalaisi at Ha’ateiho within 30 days from 9 November, following an order by O. G. Paulsen, the President of the Tonga Land Court
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Friday 11 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The sentencing of four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants on charges in a Tongan passport forgery case was adjourned from today to be held on Friday, November 18 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Georgian nationals who received two-years suspended sentence each after pleading guilty to knowingly dealing with forged documents, when they entered Tonga on stolen Greek passports in September, have each paid their $1,000 pa’anga fine to the Supreme Court and are still in the country.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on Friday, November 11 after pleading guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial on September 13.
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Monday 31 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men and two teenaged boys who are charged with the murder of ‘Aiveni Teisina (36), who was allegedly assaulted with a machete, are due back in court this week.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Georgian nationals who pleaded guilty to knowingly dealing with forged documents, after entering Tonga on stolen Greek passports, were each given two-years suspended prison sentences, and ordered to pay $1,000 pa'anga each to the Supreme Court today. They are ordered to leave Tonga within two weeks, ordered a Supreme Court judge in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men and a 16-year-old boy have each been charged with the murder of ‘Aiveni Teisina (36) who died at Vaiola Hospital on Monday October 24 from serious injuries sustained after being allegedly assaulted with a machete, at a solar farm parking lot in Vaini.
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Wednesday 26 October 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan couple residing in New Zealand have legally adopted a baby girl who was abandoned in a bush area in Nuku'alofa, where she was found wrapped in plastic on July 22.
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Thursday 20 October 2016
California, USA
Antone Thomas Pedras also known as Chris Pedras (64) appeared in a United States District Court, Central California District on 3 October charged with federal investment fraud after being extradited from Tonga on 28 September, escorted by three U.S Marshals.
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Monday 10 October 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven Georgians including a 10-year-old boy appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa this morning similarly charged with dealing with forged documents, namely stolen Greek passports. The charge against the boy Armaz Khuluzauri a.k.a. Nilolaos Markopouloswas struck off.
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Tuesday 27 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fate of three young men tried for serious housebreaking and theft is expected to be delivered this week in a Supreme Court verdict. The three contractual workers were jointly charged of serious housebreaking and theft of more than $20,000 pa'anga cash from Pactrade Tonga in March this year.
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Thursday 22 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by the Public Service Association, for an Injunction and a Judicial Review of a Cabinet decision to implement a new salary structure for Civil Servants that was structured by the Remuneration Authority, was rejected by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen on 13 September 2016.
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Thursday 22 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An American citizen, who remains detained in custody on charges relating to the death of his Canadian wife on a yacht in Neiafu, Vava'u, this year has been charged with murder. He is set to appear in October for arraignment.
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Tuesday 20 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One of the two men who was arrested and charged for attacking a 56-year-old American woman, the United States Peace Corps Director, in July was released on bail on Monday, 19 September, while his co-accused was denied bail by a Magistrate in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 19 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by the former Tonga Tourism Authority Board Chairman, Tomifa Paea, and a Director, Simana Kami, for an Injunction to restrain the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Semisi Sika from removing them from their positions was turned down by Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on 13 September.
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Thursday 15 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alani Afu, otherwise known as ‘Alani Koloamatangi, who has been in custody for extradition to Australia to face a charge of murder, which he allegedly committed some 26-years ago had his appeal dismissed by Tonga’s Court of Appeal on 14 September. His appeal was against the dismissal by a Supreme Court judge of his application for a writ of habeas corpus.
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Thursday 15 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
American fugitive Antone Thomas (Chris) Pedras (64) will be returned to the United States to stand trial on multiple counts of wire fraud, in which he is alleged to have defrauded investors of more than USD$5 million, after a second Appeal Court sitting in Nuku'alofa has ordered him to voluntarily surrender himself into custody, in a judgment delivered on Wednesday, 14 September.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on 11 November after changing their plea to guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial that began at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on 13 September. The case involves a passport application using a forged Tongan birth certificate of a person who does not exist.
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Wednesday 14 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s second Court of Appeal sitting today dismissed an appeal filed by a letter writer to the Kele’a newspaper, the Kele'a, and two others in a defamation case that awarded judgment against them when they were ordered to pay more than $200,000 in damages and costs after they were found guilty of defamation in 2013.
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Saturday 10 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen has reserved his ruling on an application for an Injunction and a Judicial Review of a decision by the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon Semisi Sika in June 2016, to remove the Chairman and a Director of the Tonga Tourism Authority Board.
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