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Thursday 25 January 2024
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samiu Mafi was ordered to serve a sentence of one-year imprisonment for drugs offences imposed by the Magistrates Court, after his appeal was dismissed when he failed to demonstrate that the ruling was wrong.
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Friday 6 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele ‘Amanaki's appeal was allowed in that conviction imposed by the Supreme Court quashed in regards to failing to file her statement of election expenses, when she ran in the 2021 General Election. She was discharged without conviction.
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Friday 6 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by the Crown against a three-year fully suspended sentence imposed on Kapeni Tamo’ua on charges, including possession of 3kgs of cocaine in the Vava’u haul was dismissed by the Court of Appeal in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 5 October 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Etuate Lavulavu, whose appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal today in Nuku’alofa, will stand a re-trial with his wife ‘Akosita this month, at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 18 April 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A prolific armed robber, Rodney Toki (27), must serve another two years in prison, to be added onto a 12 years sentence he is already serving, the Appeal Court ruled this month. “This is one of those rare cases where there is little if any hope of his rehabilitation. The protection of society requires that he remain imprisoned for a lengthy period, which properly reflects the total seriousness of his two distinct bouts of criminal offending," stated the Appeal Court ruling.
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Thursday 6 April 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Appeal Court has dismissed an appeal by Paula Piveni Piukala and another, on the dismissal of their application for judicial review against a decision by the Supervisor of Elections, in regards to Lord Nuku’s election as a Noble's Represenatative. However, clause 65 of the constitution is concerned only with the qualification of Representatives of the People and does not apply to Nobles’ Representatives.
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Thursday 6 April 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uaine Palesi Fa (27) was sentenced to imprisonment by the Appeal Court, after overturning his suspended sentence initially imposed by the Supreme Court in 2022, for possession of 28.55 grams of cocaine in Vava'u.
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Wednesday 25 January 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Teusivi 'Amanaki was convicted of failing to deliver a signed statement of her election expenses and was ordered to pay $200 fine within a month or face one-month imprisonment, after the Crown successfully appealed against her earlier discharge without conviction by the Magistrate's Court.
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Thursday 22 December 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two former police officers who are in jail for common assault, after they punched and kicked a defenceless 21-year-old in Vava’u, will not be allowed to appeal their sentences. President of the Appeal Court, Lord Chief Justice Whitten, in his ruling on 12 December rejected their applications, as they had no reasonable prospects of success.
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Wednesday 26 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Salesi Vea (29) was re-sentenced and jailed for four-months for assaulting his wife at Te'ekiu, after a Supreme Court judge quashed his suspended sentence imposed in the lower court. The judge said the initial sentence was manifestly inadequate as it failed to properly take into account the level of violence and that there had been repeated assaults by Vea against his wife.
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Thursday 13 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Appeal Court dismissed an appeal by Lord Fohe who was trying to evict Ve'etutu Mahe from a piece of land on his estate at Puke, Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 11 October 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Jailed former Cabinet Ministers ‘Etuate Lavulavu and his wife ‘Akosita, were freed by the Appeal Court today, when their criminal convictions were quashed, in a successful appeal that found their trial was unfair. However, the Appeal Court was satisfied there was sufficient evidence to support convictions and remitted their cases for a retrial at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 22 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Bruno Latu (27) got his three-years imprisonment sentence reduced for possession of 0.17 gram of methamphetamine seized at Havelu in 2020.
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Saturday 11 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prolific drug offender Sosefo Langi Moala (53) got one year suspended from his eight years imprisonment sentence for substantial drug related offences by the Appeal Court. In 2019, he was busted with 41.82 grams of cocaine.
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Thursday 2 June 2022

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Epuefi Laimani (37) who was sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 5.15 grams of methamphetamine, while offering cash as bribes to a police officer, was successful in his appeal and got his sentenced reduced to three-years.
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Thursday 19 May 2022

Nuku'alofa,Tonga
Lord Tu‘ivakano will have his appeal heard on Friday, 20 May against a decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss his civil claim of malicious prosecution against the Police Commissioner, Attorney General and the Kingdom of Tonga in 2021.
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Friday 24 December 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Melekiola Tu’ipulotu, who was convicted of serious bodily harm for using a machete on a 16-year-old boy, was sentenced to one-year imprisonment, fully suspended for two-years at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. "I hope that this decision sends a message to our people not to take up a helepelu and use violence to make their points. Self-control is a necessary duty we must all demonstrate as responsible citizens in leading our families and communities," said the Acting Chief Justice.
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Friday 1 October 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simione Ikahihifo (55) who was sentenced to serve seven and a half-years imprisonment for dangerous driving causing the death of 'Aisea Kaifa (66) in 2020, had his sentence reduced to five-years by the Appeal Court on October 1.
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Friday 16 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Laimani who is currently serving five-years imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs, including 5.15 grams of methamphetamine, and bribery of a police officer was denied an application to appeal against his conviction, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court. However, he was granted leave to appeal his sentence.
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Thursday 15 July 2021

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prolific thief, Penisimani Tupa's application for leave to appeal against his six-years nine-months sentence was denied by the Lord Chief Justice, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court, who noted the applicant's “appalling criminal history”, and that the applicant had learned nothing and therefore could not expect further leniency.
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