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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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Monday 29 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men were shot and wounded during a shooting incident at the western end of the Tuimatamoana Wharf, Nuku'alofa, in the early hours of Sunday December 21.
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Thursday 18 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first marijuana case to be tried under Tonga's tough new Illicit Drugs Control Act was dismissed by Chief Justice Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on December 8.
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Thursday 11 December 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
A Korean ship owner Daug Blk Kim and his Tongan captain, Vailele Taukitoku were acquitted by Chief Justice Gordon Ward at the Nuku'alofa Supreme court on December 9 for fishing in the Tonga waters without a Foreign Fishing Vessel Licence.
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Thursday 11 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An Australian woman, Mandy Millar, was ordered to serve a 14 day prison sentence in Tonga for contempt of court, during a custody battle over her four year old daughter.
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Monday 10 November 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Taufa Vaka (23), was found guilty on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm, when he appeared in the Nuku'alofa Police Magistrate's Court on November 11.
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Friday 24 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Member of Parliament, 'Etuate Lavulavu, who was arrested in the United States on October 1, returned to Tonga on 24 October 2003.
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Friday 24 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Drunken driving is responsible for an increasing number of road accident deaths in Tonga, where fatalities have doubled in the last year, 2003.
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Thursday 2 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Oceania Broadcasting Television Network was fined Tongan $750, and its two presenters, Sangstar Saulala and Semisi Kailahi were also fined T$500 each for defaming the former Minister of Justice, Tevita Tupou.
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