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Friday 20 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Selemana Fonua who received a prison sentence after being convicted of theft and false accounting, was granted bail pending her appeal against conviction and sentence, that will likely be held in September this year.
Wednesday 18 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a man Siosiua Tauelangi who was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by the Magistrate's Court for the serious assault of a man in Pea last year. The ruling revealed that Siosiua Tauelangi is a church minister, reportedly for the LDS Church.
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Tuesday 17 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four police officers, similarly charged with common assault that allegedly took place in Nuku’alofa in October last year during the arrest of a group of youths, have challenged the submission of a video footage of the alleged assault.
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Monday 16 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Halapua and Siosaia Finau have pleaded not guilty to extortion as a joint enterprise after allegedly taking $40 pa'anga from a complainant who was taken to a police station for breath testing in 2013.
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Monday 16 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga has ordered a woman to vacate and remove her possession from her nephew’s town allotment in Ma’ufanga.
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Thursday 5 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two civil servants working for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning have pleaded not guilty to fraud charges, at their arraignments at the Supreme Court in Neiafu on Wednesday, April 4.
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Wednesday 4 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Selemana Fonua was sentenced to two-years imprisonment after being convicted of theft and false accounting of $21,299 pa’anga from Tanoa Hotel (Tonga) in 2015.
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Tuesday 3 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A criminal trial that was to start on April 3 in Neiafu, Vava'u, during a Supreme Court circuit has been adjourned after a man accused of indecent assault was reported to have fled Vava'u.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sunia Mailau who is serving a prison sentence of nine-years nine-months for brutal offences, that included serious indecent assaults of his own daughter, had his appeal dismissed by the Tonga Court of Appeal, who agreed with the trial judge that the victim was subjected to a terrifying and traumatising period of abuse.
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Wednesday 28 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Armed robber, Samuela 'Alatini, who shot a woman in the leg in a 2008 robbery, was successful in his appeal, when his 18-years imprisonment sentence quashed and replaced with 12-years nine-months.
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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Company Ltd. (Tongasat) has won an appeal against the Minister of Revenue and Customs and will not have to pay about $17 million pa’anga in consumption tax, in regards to the use of Tonga’s orbital slots.
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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tokaikolo Church (Siasi Tokaikolo 'ia Kalaisi) claimed back the ownership of church buildings on a property in Kolomotu'a that was being used by a break away congregation, after winning an appeal against a 2017 Supreme Court decision, on March 26. The appeal was against Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, Kava Fa’oliu, Sione Maile, Mo'ui Fo'ou 'ia Kalaisi Fellowship and the Minister of Lands.
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Monday 26 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano had his case adjourned to April 23 after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court today, where the Crown revealed he will face additional counts relating to unlawful possession of a firearm.
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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six local Tongan law practitioners received mediation training last week from Tonga’s Lord Chief Justice Owen Paulsen and from one of New Zealand’s leading mediators John Hardie. They were trained to assist people in resolving disputes quickly and inexpensively, rather than having cases go unnecessarily to court.
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Wednesday 14 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal will preside over its first session for the year next week, from March 19-23.
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Monday 12 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. ‘Akosita Lavulavu, former Cabinet Minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu, and a former Prime Minister and a former Speaker of Tonga's Legislative Assembly, Lord Tu'ivakano will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on 26 March.
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Monday 12 March 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A two decade long land dispute between two brothers ended last Tuesday 6 March after the Tonga Land Court dismissed the rights of the older brother (The Plaintiff) to re-claim two plots of land that he legitimately inherited because he had taken too long to take legal action against his youngest brother and nephew who had illegitimately re-registered the lands in their name.
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Friday 2 March 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano was released on bail this morning after he appeared at the Tonga Magistrate's Court in Nuku'alofa. He was represented by Clive Edwards.
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Monday 26 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An escaped convict, ‘Amoni Fifita (34), was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by the Tonga Supreme Court for the armed robbery of a store in Kolovai last year 2017. The getaway driver and father of 16 children, Pakileata Fukofuka (48), was sentenced to 3½ years jail with 18 months suspended.
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Saturday 24 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Supreme Court has acquitted a teenager on charges of knowingly having consensual intercourse with a 14-year girl in 2017. The court accepted that the accused, who was 18 years old at the time, believed that the girl was 17 years and would not have had sexual intercourse with the girl if he knew she was 14. The girl became pregnant as a consequence.
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