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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil proceeding alleging unlawful payment of around USD$25.4 million to Tongasat by the Government of Tonga in 2011 for the use of its orbital slots by a Chinese company, is being heard at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this week. Three successive Tongan Prime Ministers will be called to give evidence.
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Friday 15 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heamani Lopeti was found guilty of armed robbery and serious bodily harm when he assaulted a warden’s son with a machete, during an armed robbery at a home in Hu’atolitoli Prison in 2014.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilison Finau (51) the police officer charged in relation to a road death at Vaha'akolo Road roundabout on June 1, had his case adjourned to July 30 at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned again to June 25, to allow more time for his side to file a defence.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
William Clive Edwards won an appeal to dismiss a Magistrate's ruling over an unsuccessful 2012 defamation action he brought against the Kele'a and its publishers. The Lord Chief Justice on June 6 in granting Edwards's appeal said the Kele'a allegations were false and it was no excuse for 'Akilisi Pohiva to write one thing while saying that he meant to refer to something else.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men received imprisonment sentences on May 29 at the Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis that included seeds found to have been germinating, possibly for cultivation.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men were sentenced to prison for the cultivation and possession of 3894 cannabis plants at a substantial plantation in Matahau on May 4, 2017. Mr Justice Cato also noted that the Tongan courts are experiencing an increased number of drug prosecutions
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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vatau Hui, Niua People’s Representative to Parliament was fined $300 pa'anga after he was charged with failing to provide a statement of his campaign spending during the 2017 General Election.
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Tuesday 29 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, who are facing fraud charges had their case adjourned to June 25.
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Friday 25 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil action, filed by a couple who allege false representations were made that they would be granted a lease of a beach in Vava'u for tourism purposes, will be defended by the Governor of Vava'u and the Government of Tonga, after a judgment by default was set aside last week.
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Tuesday 22 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sonatane Motu'apuaka Uaisele (29) was acquitted by jurors of grievous bodily harm after he was accused of striking a woman with a machete in 2017.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A cleaner at Fua’amotu International Airport was arrested last week in relation to an estimated $2 million pa’anga worth of methamphetamine seized on May 8, at the airport.
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Thursday 10 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two tourism operators in Vava'u, who are embroiled in a bitter lawsuit had their civil cases adjourned again to May 16, at the Magistrate’s Court in Neiafu.
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Monday 7 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 67-year-old man in Ha’apai was sentenced to three-years and nine-months imprisonment after pleading guilty to attempted carnal knowledge on a child, on May 3.
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Friday 4 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Supreme Court has set aside a default judgment in a $2.1 million civil lawsuit against a Tongan business woman Lucy Anna ‘Ilaiu, stating that the case should be heard in New Zealand and not in Tonga.
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Wednesday 2 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two teenage boys charged with murder in relation to the death of a Chinese couple, Mr and Mrs Wen, in February had their case adjourned to June 25, at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court.
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Tuesday 1 May 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court has ruled for the Kingdom of Tonga (Government) to pay $99,716 pa’anga to Siosifa Mosa'ati Uhi in compensation for overburden soil unlawfully removed from his tax allotment in Fua'amotu.
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Monday 30 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 67-year-old man charged with attempted carnal knowledge on a child will appear for trial, at the Supreme Court on May 1.
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Friday 27 April 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two tourism operators in Vava'u, who are embroiled in a bitter lawsuit, had their civil cases adjourned to May 9, at the Magistrate’s Court in Neiafu.
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Thursday 26 April 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A married man, Talanoa Fainu, aged in his 40s, a father of nine children, was convicted of raping his 20-year-old girlfriend in a car in a bush area near Houma on 15 May last year. He was remanded in custody after the ruling was made by Justice Cato of the Tonga Supreme Court on Monday 23 April.
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