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Thursday 21 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Deputy Commissioner of Police Taniela Faletau (56) has taken up voluntary retirement effective March 1, after over 30-years of service. Trained in New Zealand the top cop was farewelled with a parade at the Police Headquarters in Longolongo, on Wednesday February 20.
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Wednesday 20 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Canberra is currently investigating if any of the alleged Tonga Police records cleared in the past for Tongan citizens, have been put to the department in support of visa applications, and they will not rule out visa cancellations where a visa holder has sought to fraudulently obtain entry.
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Tuesday 19 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
New Zealand's immigration minister has put an immediate hold on Tongan visa applications that require a police clearance, expressing his serious concern over incorrect declarations.
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Monday 18 February 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five months after the death of Kali Fungavaka, who was injured while in police custody, the Preliminary Inquiry of five Tongan police officers and one civilian who are charged with manslaughter will be held on February 25-27, at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court.
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Thursday 13 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Visiting Tonga, Senator Louise Pratt of Western Australia, presented new uniforms to Tonga Police officers at the Police Headquarter in Longlongo today. This is part of a Tonga Police Development Program funded by a Tri-Partite Development Agreement between Tonga, Australia and New Zealand. Photos by Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 5 December 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Police 11th Contingent of five Senior Police Constables deployed to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) returned home on 4 December, after completing a one-year mission that included protecting the Solomon Islands Prime Minister and assisting local police.
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Wednesday 21 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three male Police Constables who are each charged with manslaughter in relation to the death of a 20-year-old man at Vaini, appeared at the Mu'a Magistrate's Court this morning and will be released on bail until their next court appearance, on January 14, 2013.
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Monday 19 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three Tongan Police Constables have now been charged with manslaughter in regards to the death of 20-year-old 'Inoke Finau Vala Pepa, after a fight at Vaini early Friday morning, 16 November.
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Wednesday 14 November 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Jereve" is the name of a yacht in which a badly decomposed male body was found by divers on November 7, after it ran aground on a reef in Luatafito atoll located 20km from the Vava'u Island Group. Police confirmed the yacht is now a crime scene, is subject to an International Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement operation spanning four countries from the United States, Australia, Cook Islands and Tonga, and including the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
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Tuesday 30 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six men accused of manslaughter, including five Tongan police officers and one detainee, are expected to appear at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court this week on Friday, November 2.
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Friday 26 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 25-year-old man had drowned yesterday, Thursday October 25 after his leg apparently got tangled in a nylon line that he used while diving for sea cucumber, on the northern coast of 'Atata Island.
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Tuesday 2 October 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Police Commissioner did not expect any more people would be charged in relation to the death of New Zealand Police Officer Kali Fungavaka in Tonga, but he did not rule out the possibility as the homicide investigation continues. He said the investigation had been done with integrity but that the police still had a long way to go in restoring public confidence.
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Thursday 27 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six male accused, including five Tongan police officers and one detainee, have each been charged with manslaughter at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court this afternoon, and were expected to be released on bail later today, September 27. The three police officers who were arrested today included the supervising officer identified as Inspector Kelepi Hala'ufia, with the two police constables named as Manu Tu'ivai and Tevita Vakalahi.
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Monday 3 September 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Tongan policemen were released on bail this morning, after a decision was made by Tonga's Crown Law department not to lay manslaughter charges against them at this stage of a murder investigation, although the police commissioner had expected that the charges would be upgraded to manslaughter today.
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Friday 31 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee said today that New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka was beaten to death in Tonga. Two policemen who were charged with assault in connection with his death in police custody, will now face new upgraded charges of manslaughter in court on Monday, September 3, while a murder charge against a civilian will be reduced from murder to manslaughter.
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Wednesday 29 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Commissioner of Police said that the two officers arrested in connection with the death of New Zealand Police Officer Kali Fungavaka were today suspended from the police. Meanwhile, police are seeking witnesses who were in the vicinity of the "Time Out" bar on Hala Taufa'ahau on the night of August 17.
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Monday 27 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee said that the cause of death of New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka in Tonga would be determined by an autopsy to be completed in New Zealand, and the report expected at the end of the week would assist a Tonga police enquiry.
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Saturday 25 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Soakai Motu'apuaka said this morning that the body of Kali Fungavaka had been released to his family and taken to the Fua'amotu International Airport for return to New Zealand today.
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Friday 24 August 2012
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two policemen who are in custody in relation to the death of New Zealand Police officer Kali Fungavaka have been charged with common assault, Tonga's Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Soakai Motu'apuaka said today.
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Friday 24 August 2012
Dunedin, New Zealand
I was shocked and saddened to read the news that a New Zealand Police Officer has died after an incident in the Police cells at Nuku'alofa Police Station. I cannot comment on the specific facts of the case but it does raise real concerns about progress within the law and justice sector in Tonga. - Chris Kelley, Tonga's Former Police Commissioner.

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