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Tuesday 16 June 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Ileana Suliana Taulua was found not guilty on five counts of making a false declaration to obtain a Tongan passport at the Supreme Court on June 11. A sixth count of possession of a forged passport was dismissed, after the Crown led no evidence. The Chief Justice also noted that an era within this country to grant passports to non Tongan nationals for considerable sums of money had led to renewals of those passports that caused significant concern.
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Monday 9 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury of seven has found former Prime Minister Lord Tu‘ivakano guilty on three charges that include making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport and perjury, at the end of a 21-days trial at the Supreme Court. The accused will be sentenced next month.
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Monday 2 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues in its fourth week, with the defence opening its case today, submitting insufficient evidence against the accused.
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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues with revelations that legal advice from the then Acting Attorney General against the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese applicants was ignored. The court was told this was despite real concerns of criminal activity.
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Thursday 13 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu’ivakano who is charged with 10 counts, mostly passport related offences continues at the Supreme Court, in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 11 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of former Prime Minister Lord Tu‘ivakano, who is facing multiple charges in relation to passport offences, began on Monday 10 February and a jury has been selected and sworn in at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 23 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial for Lord Tu’ivakano on charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports starts on February 10, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 28 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown is making an application to the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court to have a joint trial for Lord Tu'ivakano and two other co-accused. The hearing on the application will be held on November 15.
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Friday 25 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano will now proceed to trial on 14 counts relating to the issuance of Tongan passports. This was after, a ruling today by Lord Chief Justice Michael Whitten, who found there is sufficient evidence to commit him for trial on eight out of the nine charges that the former Prime Minister challenged (the other six charges were not challenged).
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Saturday 12 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Supreme Court ruling will be delivered on October 25 on an application by Lord Tu‘ivakano to strike out nine of the 15 charges against him, relating to the issuance of Tongan passports.
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Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing date is expected to be set on September 6 to hear submissions in regards to the Crown's proposal to have a joint trial for Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and two other accused, regarding passport offences.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano pleaded not guilty today to a total of 15 charges, with 12 of those charges including perjury and accepting bribes, relating to the issuance of Tongan passports, and three charges for possession of firearms and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 17 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing on an appeal by the Crown against a ruling by a Magistrate discharging four counts against former Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano, namely for accepting bribes by a government servant was heard on May 17 at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 22 September 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan passports and jewelry were stolen during a home break-in at Fua’amotu on September 14, while the residents were sleeping.
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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ordinary Tongan passports are in short supply due to unexpected increase in demand, which is causing delays in issuing some passports. Non-urgent applicants have been told the new stock is not expected until October.
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Thursday 6 April 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men who were charged in relation to forgery over Tongan passport applications are now expected to appear at the Magistrate’s Court in Nuku’alofa on 15 May.
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Monday 13 March 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have and been arrested and charged in relation to forgery over Tongan passport applications.
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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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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Canberra, Australia
Overwhelming demands for travel documents for Tongans in Australia, have been supported by consular visits to Tongans in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney recently, where consular and passport services were provided by Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho and staff, who also held community dialogue sessions in each city.
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Wednesday 2 November 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals, including two former civil servants, will be sentenced on Friday, November 11 after pleading guilty to charges in a Tongan passport forgery trial on September 13.
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