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Tuesday 5 May 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Supreme Court will consider forfeiture to the Crown of an 'Eua passenger ferry that carried an excessive number of passengers in dangerous waters at night in January last year, after the Master was found guilty yesterday of permitting the MV 'Onemato to sail carrying excess passengers.
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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped charges against Muli Vehikite regarding the alleged importation of 275.6 grams of methamphetamine, after a key witness, a former senior Tongan police officer, who was under suspicion for possible criminal offences, was unavailable to give evidence.
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Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer was acquitted of bribery, after a Supreme Court judge found the evidence had not established, that he accepted money as inducement to carry out his duties.
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Wednesday 11 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alamoni Makafilia (33) is serving 16-years imprisonment, for armed robberies at two petrol stations in Tongatapu in 2018 where he shot and wounded two petrol station attendants.
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Thursday 6 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr and a co-accused pleaded not guilty to illicit drug charges, when they appeared for the first time at the Supreme Court on February 6.
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Wednesday 27 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been found guilty of possessing methamphetamine, when Tonga Police interrupted drug dealing activity held at home in Ngele'ia in August, 2018.
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Friday 22 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi (60) was sentenced to 12-years six-months imprisonment for possession and attempting to export 1.9 kilograms methamphetamine, when he was arrested at Fua‘amotu International Airport, in 2018. The offender was a mastermind and a deterrent sentence was required “to protect society from offenders who participate in and promote this evil trade," said the judge.
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Monday 11 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old man received a fully suspended sentence for theft when he used pre-signed withdrawal slips and withdrew money from his customary adopted father’s account, at Tonga Development Bank.
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Friday 8 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year-old man from Vaini was jailed for cultivating cannabis and having in his possession firearm and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 8 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ake Kali (41) who was convicted for the theft of goods valued at around $20,000 from a home at Pili, was sentenced to two-years imprisonment.
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Thursday 24 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury has found Viliami Mangisi (59) guilty on two counts relating to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua‘amotu International Airport, in 2018.
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Monday 21 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Piliote Uasike (23) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for possession of illicit drugs and bribery of a police officer, by a Supreme Court judge who warned drug dealers to expect punishment.
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Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury trial against Viliami Mangisi (59)charged in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua‘amotu International Airport in 2018, began at the Supreme Court today.
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Thursday 10 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alifeleti Katoa (44) was acquitted of possession of methamphetamine by a Supreme Court judge, after the Crown failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the charge against him.
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Wednesday 2 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma‘ake Kali who was found guilty of the theft of goods valued at around $20,970 pa‘anga from a home in Pili, will be sentenced in November 1 at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 23 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kelikupa Maile (33) from Longolongo was convicted of serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at around $14,990 pa'anga from his neighbour's home in December last year.
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Monday 2 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pangi Puloka was acquitted of possession of the illicit drug, methamphetamine due to insufficient evidence, in Supreme Court ruling on August 29.
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Friday 30 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has rejected an application by ‘Etuate Lavulavu to have a separate trial from his wife ‘Akosita Lavulavu on forgery charges.
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Tuesday 27 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cash seized by Tonga Police during a search of Sione Filipe Jr's home in relation to a bribery allegation in July, was ordered to be returned to him by the Supreme Court on August 23.
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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Funaki Katoa of Ma’ufanga (19) who was found guilty for the murder of Pita ‘Asipolo (44) was sentenced to life imprisonment on August 19, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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