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Thursday 9 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 51-year-old man died from electrocution at his home in Ha’atu’a in ‘Eua on Monday, March 6 while doing laundry.
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Tuesday 7 March 2017
Suva, Fiji
A Nauran national in Fiji, Julien Henrich (22), has been sentenced to three years in jail by a Fijian court for the death of a Tongan USP student, Sione Tufui (22), who was tragically killed after being attacked by a group of boys outside a nightclub in Suva in 2014. The decision was made today by Justice Salesi Temo of the Fijian High Court
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Monday 6 March 2017
California, USA
A 39-year-old woman in the US, Zoranna Mapapalangi (reportedly of Tongan ethnicity), has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a Californian court for the robbery and elder abuse of a 75-year-old woman. Zoranna was sentenced last Tuesday, March 28.
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Friday 17 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Operation Safe Streets, which continues in Tongatapu, saw 18 people arrested and charged with drinking in public places, disorderly behaviour and drunk driving by Tonga Police last weekend February 10-12.
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Thursday 16 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The yacht Sea Oak, allegedly the scene of a murder in Vava'u, is reported to have been removed from Pago Pago in American Samoa and taken to Fiji. Murder accused Dean Jay Fletcher fled from Tonga on the Sea Oak in September last year before he was arrested in Pago Pago.
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Tuesday 14 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple from Tokomololo were arrested for possession of cannabis, one pistol and over $500 pa'anga cash after they were chased and stopped by Tonga Police in their car early Thursday morning, February 9 at Fo’ui.
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Tuesday 14 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man from Kolofo’ou has been arrested and charged for allegedly stealing $2322 pa'anga worth of office goods from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, at Lakepa.
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Monday 13 February 2017

Sydney, Australia
Australian-Tongan teenager Alo-Bridget Namoa may spend the rest of her life in prison. Last Wednesday she was charged with plotting a terrorist attack by a Sydney Court, a charge which carries a penalty of life imprisonment. If convicted, the 19-year-old girl will be the first known convicted terrorist of Tongan descent.
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Friday 10 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A large haul of illicit drugs seized in Vava’u from a yacht called 'JeReVe' in 2012 was destroyed by authorities in Australia, Tonga's Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell confirmed today in response to allegations raised in Parliament by Lord Tu'ilakepa. He said the comments by MPs were unfounded and attacked the reputation of the police.
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Wednesday 8 February 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah-USA
A 21-year-old man of Tongan descent, James Afuakimoana Tamoua, has been arrested follwing an armed robbery and police chase in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday. The accused along with a 15-year-old boy are accused of robbing a shop and holding up the store clerk at gunpoint.
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Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four marine search and rescue operations saved 20 people in Tonga, while one life was lost, during unsettled windy weather over the weekend. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 09F lies slow moving to the far west northwest of Tongatapu and a Heavy Rain Warning remains in force for all of Tonga. .
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Monday 6 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 46-year old man, Sione Feleti Kinikini drowned on Saturday, February 4 at Ha’atafu when he jumped off a fishing boat fearing it would capsize after being hit by a big wave, during a fishing trip.
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Friday 3 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year old man from Ha’avakatolo has been arrested and charged in relation to his role in helping two escaped prisoners while they were on the run in Tongatapu earlier this week. The prisoners were recaptured on February 1-2.
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Thursday 2 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Police have recaptured two men considered to be dangerous, Viliami Kupu and ‘Amoni Fifita, who escaped from police custody on Tuesday morning, January 31 in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police are still searching for two armed offenders who escaped from the Nuku'alofa Central Police custody early morning, Tuesday, January 31.
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Wednesday 1 February 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirteen people were arrested and charged for alleged drunk driving, disorderly behaviour and drinking in public places, mainly in Central Nuku’alofa, over the weekend from January 27-29, in Operation Safe Streets to prevent alcohol-fueled crimes in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 31 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old man was arrested and detained in custody after he allegedly attacked his 60-year-old father with a machete on Saturday night, January 28. The father who was severely injured remains in a critical condition at Vaiola Hospital.
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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police warned this evening that two men described as "armed and dangerous" are on the run after escaping from the Nuku'alofa Central Police custody early this morning, Tuesday, 31 January, and their Tactical Response Group has been deployed.
Monday 23 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretences for an alleged Tongan passport scam.
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Friday 20 January 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people were arrested and charged for alleged drunk driving, disorderly behaviour and drinking in public places, in Central Nuku’alofa last weekend January 13-15, in Operation Safe Streets to prevent alcohol-fueled crimes in Tongatapu.
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