Twelve former employees of the Westpac Bank of Tonga, Nuku’alofa Branches who have been charged with multiple counts of embezzlement were released on bail by Magistrate Salesi Mafi yesterday, March 12.
Police and Crime
A Special Investigation Task Force of the Tongan Police is investigating an embezzlement network at the Nuku’alofa Branch of the Westpac Bank of Tonga, the Acting Police Commissioner Taniela Faletau said that ten former employees have been charged with multiple counts of embezzlement, the highest number of employees to be charged with crime against one private company in Tonga.
A woman in her late 30’s remains in police custody, charged with causing grievous bodily harm to her husband, and attempted suicide, following a domestic incident at Nukunuku on February 23.
A quarrel between two prisoners over the size of the portions of a chicken soup lunch at Hu’atolitoli Prison resulted in one male prisoner attacking another with a machete on Sunday afternoon, February 19, according to the Commissioner of Prisons Sione Falemanu.
Two men have been arrested and charged in relation to the seizure of five rifles at Veitongo, Tongatapu, on February 2.
Tonga’s police have suspended issuing any new firearms licenses as a response to the increasing number of armed hold-up incidents in Tonga, but they believe there are many people in possession of illegal firearms.
Tongan police are hunting for two armed men, who robbed a Chinese shop at Longolongo on Thursday evening, February 9.
The Speaker of the Tonga Legislative Assembly, Lord Lasike has surrendered another passport to the Supreme Court on January 27, after pleading not guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of ammun
A 27-year-old man from Popua was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for theft and housebreaking, after he dressed in disguise broke into a home at ‘Utulau in the middle of the night and stole up to $1,500 pa’anga and goods that included jewelry and a laptop.
Four male suspects have been arrested by police in relation to the armed hold-up at Asco Petrol Station on Fatafehi Road, where a 53-year-old male supervisor was shot on his leg on January 6.