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Monday 30 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Judicial Review challenging the Amendment to Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, started in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this afternoon.
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Friday 27 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Saafi 21, found guilty for manslaughter by negligence by a jury on August 13, was this morning sentenced by Mr Justice McElrea at the Supreme Court, Nuku'alofa to a two years suspended sentence.
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Thursday 19 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two youths, Halaholo Vete and Pita Latu, were found guilty by Mr Justice McElrea in the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court this morning, on a charge of assault with the intention to rob.
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Friday 13 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heneli Saafi 21, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury of seven at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today, August 13.
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Tuesday 10 August 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 21 year old man who thought he was helping a young couple to meet in secret, is now facing manslaughter charges in the Tongan Supreme Court this week, after the couple died in a fatal motor accident in January 2003.
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Thursday 15 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Tongan police officer was cleared of charges that he interfered with the course of justice and of bribery connected to marijuana case evidence.
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Friday 9 July 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Ford at the Nuku‘alofa Supreme Court, July 7 reserved his decision on whether a civil defamation should be heard by a jury or by a judge.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Privy Council of Tonga has appointed Justice Robin M. Webster, currently a part - time Employment Tribunal Chairman, Edinburgh, as the new Chief Justice of Tonga replacing Justice Gordon Ward who has accepted a post with the Court of Appeal of Fiji.
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Friday 18 June 2004
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Two prisoners who suffered abuse in Tonga's Hu'atolitoli Prison had escaped under duress a Judge has declared, after accepting unchallenged evidence that the two had been tortured by the Prison authorities.
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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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