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Friday 23 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Today's sentencing of Lord Tu’ilakepa on firearm and ammunition charges was adjourned to Thursday February 5, at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court to allow time for a probation report.
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Thursday 22 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Minister of Justice, Clive Edwards, who was awarded $14,500 in damages and costs by a Magistrate in a 2011 defamation case against the Kele'a newspaper and its editors, has filed a written submission to the court seeking to review an appeal against the award and submitting that Mateni Tapuelueulu's position as a parliamentarian is questionable because the defamation award had not been paid before the election.
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Tuesday 20 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Election petitions filed against two elected Vava'u People's Representatives to Parliament for alleged bribery are coming up at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Monday 19 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'iha'ateiho's case for possession of a .22 semi-automatic pistol without a licence four-years ago was given a final adjournment to 27 February, after it was set for counsel to make their sentencing submissions today.
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Wednesday 14 January 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sau‘iluma Guttenbeil who was found guilty of manslaughter for the death of her husband after running him over with her vehicle in Neiafu in 2012, has received a suspended sentence.
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Tuesday 13 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s new Chief Justice Owen Paulsen started in his new position at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court on Monday, 12 January.
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Monday 12 January 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two re-elected Nobles' Representatives to the Tonga Legislative Assembly are due to appear at the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court this month. One noble is up for sentencing while the other for sentencing submissions on separate firearm and ammunition charges.
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Friday 21 November 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Keuate Tupouniua has been disqualified as a candidate for Tongatapu No.1 constituency, by a special session of the Tonga Appeal Court this afternoon.
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Thursday 20 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal will make a judgement on Friday, 21 November regarding an appeal by the Supervisor of Elections and Chairman of Tonga’s Electoral Commission against a judgment to register Sione Tupouniua, as a candidate for Tongatapu No.1 constituency for the General Election.
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Wednesday 19 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kefu Kalavi (19) the man charged with the murder of a Chinese shopkeeper at Halaleva in February this year remains in custody, after appearing at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 17 November.
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Friday 14 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal will preside over a special session on Thursday, 20 November to urgently hear an appeal by the Supervisor and Chairman of Tonga’s Electoral Commission against a judgment to register Sione Tupouniua, as a candidate for the Tongatapu No.1 constituency for the General Election.
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Thursday 13 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old former employee of the Leiola Group of Companies Ltd. has been jailed for one-year and three-months for embezzling around $20,000 pa’anga last year.
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Tuesday 11 November 2014
Sione Tupouniua

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court judge has ordered Tonga’s Electoral Commission to register Sione Keuate Tupouniua after rejecting his application to stand as a candidate for this month's General Election, when he turned up late after nominations closed at 3pm on Friday, October 24 in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 5 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal ended last week with judgments on 14 cases. The court reduced a 13 year imprisonment sentence to five years for a man convicted of raping a feeble minded woman in 2011, after finding that the sentence was “manifestly excessive”.
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Saturday 1 November 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Antone Thomas Pedras (62) remains in Tonga after the Court of Appeal in Nuku'alofa on Friday quashed a removal order against him declaring it null and without any legal effect.
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Friday 31 October 2014
Kelepi Hala’ufia

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Court of Appeal this morning dismissed an appeal by Kelepi Hala‘ufia against his conviction and 11-year imprisonment sentence in Kali Fungavaka’s death.
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Monday 27 October 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 38 year old mother of seven, Sau’iluma Guttenbeil, was acquitted of murdering her husband after she ran over him with her four-wheel drive vehicle in Neiafu in 2012, but was found guilty of manslaughter at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa last week.
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Tuesday 21 October 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Akilisi Pohiva paid $22,000 in legal costs to the Supreme Court yesterday, October 20 so that he can stand as a candidate for Tonga’s General Election on November 27, 2014.
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Monday 20 October 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second session of the Court of Appeal began today and will hear 16 appeals, including an appeal by a former police inspector over his conviction and 11-year imprisonment in Kali Fungavaka's death.
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Friday 17 October 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Chief Justice Michael Scott today ordered 'Akilisi Pohiva to pay $22,000 in legal costs to the Registrar of the Supreme Court by close of business on 21 October 2014.
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