A new judge will join the second session of Tonga’s Court of Appeal on October 2-12, and hear nine appeal cases, including one by a former Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike.
From the Courts
A former Speaker of Parliament Lord Tu’ilakepa and the current Deputy Speaker Lord Tu’iha’ateiho will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court separately in October and November, for preliminary inquiries on separate criminal charges.
A decision on whether or not Lord Dalgety QC will proceed to trial or not, on a perjury indictment related to the MV Ashika Inquiry, will be determined on September 28, after arguments were made on legal matters during a hearing at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on September 6-7.
Magistrate Pita Soakimi this morning queried why only one civilian, Semisi Kalisitiane Manu, was charged with the new count of murder in relation to the death of New Zealand policeman Kali Fungavaka who was injured while in Police custody, while two policemen have not been similarly charged.
An appeal by Lord Lasike against his conviction on unlawful possession of ammunitions without a license, will be heard in October.
Lord Lasike (55), the Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, was convicted of an indictable offence in the Supreme Court, Nuku’alofa, this morning, July 9, after Chief Justice Michael Dishington Scott rejected the testimony of the accused.
Lord Lasike, the Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly awaits judgement on one charge of possession of ammunitions without a licence, that will be delivered on Monday, July 9 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
Lord Lasike, the Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly appeared in the Supreme Court at Nuku’alofa, this morning for the start of his trial on one charge of possession of ammunition without a licence, a charge he denies.
Lord Lasike, the Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly will appear for trial on one charge of unlawful possession of ammunition on Thursday, July 5 at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
Four Tongan Lords, including the current Speaker of Parliament, a former Speaker of Parliament, a current Noble’s Representative to Parliament and a Law Lord each have pending court cases in Tonga’s courts, after being charged with offences ranging from illicit drugs to illegal possession of firearms, ammunitions, and perjury.