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Monday 6 March 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan nobleman Hon. Lasike appeared in the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court today charged with the crime of rape.
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Friday 24 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Aisea To'a was found not guilty today on two charges of bribery of a customs officer and attempting to evade Customs laws, by the Chief Justice Robin Webster at the Nuku'’alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 23 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury trial of two men charged with importing 14kg of marijuana to Tonga was stopped this week, after the defence counsel objected to a damaging testimony given by a Crown witness.
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Tuesday 21 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former ANZ Bank employee and her husband have been charged with stealing $300,000 from the ANZ Bank in Tonga.
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Thursday 16 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosifa Fatafehi Fuatakifolaha, the former holder of the noble title Veikune, was reprimanded and fined $20,000 this morning by the Chief Justice in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, after being found guilty by a jury on January 25 of the offence of attempting to evade customs import duties on 600 cartons of over proof Bounty rum, and for bribery of a customs officer.
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Wednesday 15 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice Robin Webster this morning, February 15 postponed the sentencing of the former Speaker of the Tongan parliament, Noble Veikune, (now known as Siosifa Fatafehi Fuatakifolaha) to tomorrow, awaiting a medical report.
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Friday 10 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A party of excessive drinking resulted in a man getting so drunk that he killed his cousin, the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court heard.
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Thursday 9 February 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men, Siaosi Kadivuka Amanoni and Semi Vete Jr, appeared in the Nuku'alofa Supreme this week charged with the importation of 14 kilograms of marijuana to Tonga from Fiji in 2003.
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Friday 27 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Aisea To‘a appeared for his trial in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court yesterday January 26, charged with two counts of bribery of a Government servant and attempting to evade import duties on a container holding 600 cartons of Bounty Rum imported to Tonga from Fiji.
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Wednesday 25 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury today has found Tonga's Speaker of the House of Parliament, Veikune, guilty of bribery of customs officers in an attempt to evade over $300,000 in customs duties on an imported container of rum.
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Tuesday 24 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Final submissions of the defence for the Hon. Veikune and his co-accused, ‘Amini Tu'ivai were completed at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court this afternoon, in a trial over charges relating to alleged bribery of customs officers by Tonga's Speaker and others.
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Tuesday 17 January 2006
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Hon. Veikune, and two other men pleaded not guilty to charges of bribing customs officers allegedly in an attempt to evade import duties on half a container of rum, when they appeared in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court yesterday, January 16.
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Friday 11 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although a murder committed during a drunken fight was a horrible one, the death penalty was not appropriate in this case, Tonga's Chief Justice has decided in sentencing Tevita Siale Vola (27).
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Thursday 3 November 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Indian nationals appeared in the Nuku‘alofa Magistrate's Court today, November 3, on separate charges of possession of marijuana and forgery of documents.
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Tuesday 25 October 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young man has been found guilty of murder at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court last week, after a four day trial by jury, for the murder of Salesi Taufalele who died after being hit on the head with an iron bar.
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Thursday 29 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine Titaa was found not guilty today, September 29, by a jury on charges of manslaughter by negligence and reckless driving.
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Monday 26 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fine Titaa appeared in the Nuku'’alofa Supreme court this morning, September 26, charged with manslaughter by negligence following the death of her husband in an accident on By Pass Road, Nuku'alofa last June.
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Monday 26 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malakai Paua (22) was acquitted by Mr Justice Anthony Ford on the charges of manslaughter by negligence and driving without due care.
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Monday 26 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police prosecutors are appealing a magistrate's decision to dismiss charges against 15 Tongan College students who were allegedly involved in damaging offices and computers at the College during the civil servants strike.
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Wednesday 21 September 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malakai Paua (22) appeared in the Nuku'’alofa Supreme court today, charged with manslaughter by negligence.
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