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Thursday 10 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for alleged illegal campaigning and corruption will continue on Monday, 14 December, to hear the remaining witnesses for the defendant at the Supreme Court in Neiafu.
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Wednesday 9 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu denied allegations of illegal campaigning and corruption in the 2014 General Election, during his evidence to the Supreme Court in Neiafu on Friday, 4 December.
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Tuesday 8 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An inquest has confirmed that Haini Muller (24) died from drowning at Hufangalupe Beach in Vaini on 26 November.
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Saturday 5 December 2015
Neiafu, Vava'u
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for corruption during his 2014 election campaign continued this week with witnesses called by the Petitioner Viliami Uasike Latu, at the Supreme Court in Neiafu.
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Friday 4 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga this morning declared Tupou Tongaliuaki Filo'aulo Aleamotu'a (24) as the lawful holder of the hereditary title Fielakepa, and that his uncle's appointment as a trustee of the Fielakepa estate was null and void, and also that the publication in the Gazette of the defendant's name as holder of the title Fielakepa was made in error.
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Wednesday 2 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial to hear an election petition filed against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for alleged corruption during his 2014 election campaign continued today, 2 December in Neiafu.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A trial to hear an election petition filed against the Minister of Tourism and Vava’u No.16 People’s Representative to Parliament Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu which was to continue today was further adjourned to Tuesday, 1 December in Neiafu.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgement over the legitimacy of the succession by Lord Fielakepa to the hereditary title Fielakepa will be delivered on Friday, 4 December after he was challenged in a land case brought by his nephew, Tupou Tongaliuaki Aleamotu’a, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 26 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A trial to hear an election petition filed against the Minister of Infrastructure and Vava’u No.16 People’s Representative to Parliament Hon 'Etuate Lavulavu started on Wednesday, 25 November only to be adjourned to Monday, 30 November in Neiafu.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who poured hot cooking oil on his wife, was found not guilty by a jury of murdering his wife, who died from severe burns in December 2014. He will be sentenced on a lesser charge of manslaughter on 18 December.
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Saturday 21 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A trial to hear an election petition against Hon ‘Etuate Lavulavu for alleged corruption during his election campaign last year will go ahead on 25 November, after the Chief Justice dismissed two applications by Lavulavu, made on 13 November, for the trial to be adjourned. The Chief Justice stated "This court must...ensure the just but efficient and speedy hearing of an electoral petition and to discourage frivolous applications which have been the intention or effect of delaying the hearing."
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Thursday 19 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A judgement will be delivered in two-weeks time over the legitimacy of the succession by Lord Fielakepa to the hereditary title Fielakepa, after he was challenged in a land case brought by his nephew, Tupou Tongaliuaki Aleamotu’a.
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Thursday 19 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Fielakepa told the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court yesterday that he was simply following decisions made by King Tupou VI and that his appointment as a trustee of the title, and later as title holder of the estate, was something he never asked for.
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Tuesday 17 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young man, whose family believes is the rightful heir to the Fielakepa title and estate, began his legal challenge in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court today, against his uncle – the head of Tonga’s armed forces - who was given the Fielakepa title by King Tupou VI in April this year.
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Monday 16 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 20-year-old man has been charged with the rape of a 26-year-old woman, which allegedly occured on Friday, 13 November at Fangaloto in Tongatapu.
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals who have been charged with forgery, receiving bribery and related charges regarding a complaint over a passport application that allegedly involved a forged birth certificate had their case adjourned to Monday, 23 November.
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Thursday 12 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Commercial retailing of Tonga's Rugby Union and World Cup apparel caused an argument between two Nuku'alofa traders that ended up in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court - when one tried to stop the other from importing and selling apparel. However, Chief Justice Paulsen has discharged an initial order restraining a local broker from selling apparel that had the Tonga Rugby Union logo, Kukri brand name or IRB mark printed on it, and said the plaintiff's case was not strong.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A convicted murderer, who had received a life sentence for murdering his fiancé in New Zealand in 2003, killed again in Tonga only a few months after his release and deportation to Tonga in December 2013.
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Monday 9 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two stepbrothers who made a “brutal and ruthless” attack on a market gardener at Longolongo last year, were each sentenced to seven-years nine-months imprisonment. Mr Justice Cato said the sentence "must reflect the need to protect the public from this kind of offending."
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Friday 6 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Afofa Ta’ai (49) was sentenced to prison for two-years six-months for falsification of accounts and embezzling $51,829 pa’anga from his employer Homegas Ltd on 5 October, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.
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