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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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Tuesday 23 September 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Sangstar Saulala, Semisi Kailahi and Oceania Broadcasting Television Network OBN were found guilty of criminal defamation for defaming the former Minister of Justice, Tevita Tupou, at the Supreme Court, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on September 19.
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Monday 8 September 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The failure of the Crown to win a court case against the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper continued last week with the dismissal by a jury in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 3 of a criminal defamation case against Mateni Tapueluelu, the Editor of the Taimi 'o Tonga.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva, the controversial, Tongatapu no. 1 People’s Representative to the Tongan parliament won his most serious court battle ever when a jury cleared him and his associates on May 19 on charges of crimes against the state. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 August 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal sitting in Nuku‘alofa on July 25, dismissed several appeals made by the Government, and increased the amount awarded to three respondents, Akilisi Pohiva, Filokalafi ‘Akauola and Kalafi Moala for damages. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 2, August 2003.
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Saturday 30 November 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The sedition trial of Tongan MPs ‘Isileli Pulu, and ‘Akilisi Pohiva, and his son Po‘oi Pohiva, and Mateni Tapueluelu has been postponed until November after the Crown Law appealed for another month to prepare the case. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 3, November 2002.
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Monday 27 April 1998

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Member of Parliament, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, was acquitted on two charges of defaming King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV, which were brought against him by the Crown. The charges followed an interview of ‘Akilisi Pohiva by Michael Ybarra of the American Wall Street Journal.
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