Four men have been arrested by police at Kolofo’ou in Nuku’alofa and charged with conspiring to commit robbery in relation to the armed hold-up and robbery of thousands of pa’anga from the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at Ma’ufanga on September 5.
Police and Crime
A 54-year-old man died from decompression after diving for sea cucumbers near the island of Leleka in Ha’apai on the late afternoon of Thursday, September 1.
Two masked men armed with a gun and knife threatened bank tellers at the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at the Fakafanua Center, Ma’ufanga this morning, September 5.
A 20-year-old man from Pahu, Kolofo’ou has been charged with reckless driving, causing the death of a female passenger in the vehicle he was driving, on Saturday night September 3 in Nuku’alofa.
A pistol shot splintered a side window of a Western Union van after it was intercepted by two masked robbers in an attempted hold-up in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A masked offender armed with a pistol robbed the Phoenix Supermarket on Fatafehi Road in Nuku’alofa at 11pm on Tuesday, August 16 and fled with over $300 cash.
Tonga’s Police Commissioner Chris Kelley is still considering a possible return to Tonga following government’s move not to renew his contract, which prompted him to take his leave on August 6, before his contract ends on September 22.
A Joint Operation by Tongan and New Zealand police on Friday, August 12 seized 83 pots of young cannabis plants at Nualei in Tongatapu and one Tongan male was arrested.
Tonga’s Deputy Police Commander, Taniela Faletau, is currently the Acting Commissioner of Police, effective from August 5 to September 22 following the departure, of Police Commissioner Chris Kelley on August 6.
A proposal by Cabinet that would deprive the King in Council of certain powers of appointment has been strongly challenged by the Lord Privy Seal this evening, in a statement that says Cabinet is acting outside of the law in not renewing Police Commissioner Kelley’s contract.