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Thursday 10 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old Tongan prisoner was sentenced to a further four years imprisonment by Mr Justice Ford at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on June 10.
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Wednesday 9 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Three youths aged between 18-21 years were arrested by the police on June 5 and charged with armed robbery of two gas stations and of stealing a car on the night of JUNE 1.
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Wednesday 9 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Ford on June 8 dismissed charges of theft and house breaking after prosecution witnesses failed to appear in court for the trial.
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Wednesday 2 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Masked men armed with rifles seized over $3,000 pa'anga last night in two armed hold-ups of gas stations on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 19 May 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Judicial Review, challenging government over the amendment of Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution in November 2003 will be heard by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on June 17-18.
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Monday 10 May 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Newspaper activist 'Alani Taione pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the importation of an unlicenced newspaper the Taimi 'o Tonga, and will face trial by jury on a date to be set.
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Thursday 22 April 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Chief Justice Frederick Gordon Ward has offered his early resignation and will leave Tonga at the end of June, to take up a new position as the Chairman of the Appeal Court of Fiji.
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Wednesday 21 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A Tongan family who stole fine mats from a princess were sentenced in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court on April 16.
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Friday 16 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Two former school prefects received six months jail sentences, while 161 other school boys received suspended sentences and fines for their part in a night attack on a rival school, Tonga College, in 2002 that caused over $490,000 damage to property.
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Wednesday 7 April 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A six-year-old girl was rescued by passers-by after a man forced her into the public toilets at Talamahu Market on April 4, in broad daylight in the busiest part of the Tongan capital.
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Wednesday 31 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Minister of Police, and Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Clive Edwards, vehemently denied any involvement in a squash growing deal that went bad, during claims for damages heard in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court during the last week of March.
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Wednesday 31 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Tongan Member of Parliament, 'Etuate Lavulavu, was convicted of two counts of illegal use of a birth certificate in the State of Utah District Court, USA, this month.
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Wednesday 24 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Media activist, 'Alani Taione appeared in the Nuku'alofa Police Magistrate's Court this morning on the charge of distributing the newspaper Taimi 'o Tonga without a distributing license, when he arrived at the Fua'amotu airport from New Zealand on February 16.
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Monday 22 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Katoa Holani 22, was given a two year suspended sentence and banned from driving for three years, by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on March 3 for reckless driving which resulted in the death of Pauline Fatongia Fineanganofo (48).
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Monday 22 March 2004
Pangai, Ha'apai
Six young men were found guilty at the Supreme Court, Pangai, Ha'apai, on charges relating to the death of a 67-year-old man at Nomuka on 18 April 2003.
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Wednesday 10 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A 38 year old man was sentenced to five years imprisonment for rape and one year for indecent assault, after picking up his victim at a bus stop.
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Wednesday 3 March 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alani Taione, a self-proclaimed Media Activist, from New Zealand, is the first person to be charged under Tonga's controversial new Newspaper Act.
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Wednesday 3 March 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Tamasi Kailahi, (23) of Holonga, Tongatapu, walked out a free man from the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on March 2, after a jury dismissed the Murder and Causing grevious bodily harm charges against him.
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Thursday 22 January 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The first Marijuana case for 2004 was dismissed by Chief Justice Ward at the Supreme Court Nuku'alofa on January 20 because of the irregularities and unreliable evidence provided by the police.
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Wednesday 14 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man accused of murder will face trial by jury in the Supreme Court of Tonga on 25 February 2004.
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