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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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Thursday 1 September 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four Tongan nationals who have been charged with forgery, receiving bribery and other related charges regarding a complaint over a Tongan passport application that allegedly involved a forged birth certificate, will appear for trial starting on Monday, September 12 in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 28 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 63-year-old Tongan woman, a former Police Officer, has been charged with one count of perjury in relation to the Tongan passport investigation on Wednesday, 27 January. Twelve people have been charged so far and police are likely to make more charges as their investigation continues in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 27 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Since a Tonga Police Task Force investigation began in August last year, 11 people have been charged in relation to alleged fraudulent activities over the issuing of Tongan passports. While the investigation continues in Nuku'alofa, the Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell said today that public speculation was "unhelpful" and he called for restraint in public commentary through the media in order to allow a fair trial of the accused.
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Monday 18 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eleven people have been charged so far by Tonga Police in an ongoing investigation into alleged forgery and illegal issuance of Tongan passports.
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Monday 17 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former senior Tongan Immigration officer and a woman co-accused were jailed today in relation to the attempted forgery of two Tongan blank passports by a Supreme Court judge who said that corrupt scams goes the heart and impugn the integrity and security of Tonga’s passport regime and machinery of border control - which has the potential to bring Tonga into disrepute in the eyes of foreign countries.
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Thursday 6 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Magistrate in Nuku’alofa is expected to decide on February 18 whether there is a case for committal to the Supreme Court against two Chinese nationals charged in relation to the forgery of Tongan passports. Police reported that the woman accused had tried to leave Tonga allegedly on a forged Tongan passport after they both entered on Chinese passports on October 11, 2013.
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Monday 28 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Chinese nationals who were charged in relation to possession of forged Tongan passports and released on bail last week, are prohibited from leaving Tonga. The case has been adjourned to January, 2014.
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Friday 18 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A woman who is alleged to have tried to leave Tonga, using a forged Tongan passport remains in custody with a man who co-accused after the Chinese nationals were arrested at Fua’amotu International Airport, on October 15.
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Wednesday 16 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two Chinese national were arrested by police at Fua’amotu International Airport on Tuesday, October 15 and charged with the possession and the use of forged Tongan passports.
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Thursday 16 June 2011
Suva, Fiji
I am a Tongan woman married to a non-Tongan man and I cannot get Tongan passports for my children who were born in Tonga and another country in the 1990s. The amendments to the Nationality Act 2007 apply only to those born on or after 14 September 2007, in short, the amendments are not retrospective. I have been told by Tongan Immigration officers that for my children to get Tongan passports, they will have to go through the process of 'naturalization'. - Tupou Taiamoni Finau.
Sunday 14 September 2008
Auckland, New Zealand
I was dismayed to read about the passing of the dual citizenship legislation prescribing the charging of a fee of $750.00 per application. -'Amelia Schaaf
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Monday 28 July 2008
San Francisco, California, USA
On July 19, 2008; you published an article about the deportees from foreign countries who currently are a "national concern" to the Kingdom of Tonga. Although Tonga agreed to the Extradition Treaty in good faith, it should have realized that a criminal would continue to be a criminal regardless of a change in his/her environment. - Siosaia Fatani
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Monday 28 July 2008
Neiafu, Vava'u
With reference to Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa's letter on deportees from the USA, I must say that he has got the right spirit of wanting to help find assistance for Tonga. However, I wish to point out... all deportees from the US are aliens, that is they are Not American Citizens- Tu'itokaloto Fakatakatau Taufa
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Thursday 27 July 2006
USA
The King is gravely ill and there is no doubt who will be the successor to the throne. Is it improper to ask, "“Should He (Crown Prince) be king?"” I wish it was like the early years of the Kanokupolu Dynasty where the king was selected by personal traits and leadership abilities, not birthright. I am sure the Crown Prince is a fine gentleman. My crystal ball does not predict what the future holds for him during his reign. - Tama Foa
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Monday 6 December 2004

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
FROM OUR ARCHIVES December 6, 2004. In this age of globalisation and Free Trade we are told we need to label our precious products. Therefore we should make sure that our "Made in Tonga" stamp sticks as Tongan youth move overseas to pursue their careers. Tonga has to handle its citizenship issue carefully. After years of being relaxed with the dual citizenship issue, why is government now disowning Tongans who have made us proud in the world sporting arena? - Editor's Comment by Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 4 August 2004
Sydney, Australia
I wasn't aware that we Tongan who have acquired citizenship overseas, were not allowed to renew our Tongan Passport when it expires. This was a shock to me last month when I arrived at the immigration office, Nuku'’alofa. I am asking you to generate a bit of discussion about this issue as I personally believe that we are being hard-done by. - Poli Tuaileva
Thursday 30 May 2002

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Immigration plans to introduce a new Immigration Policy this year, and a new Immigration Bill will be tabled into Parliament during this year’s session. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 17, no. 1, May 2002.
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