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Thursday 18 April 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
One of New Zealand’s largest bus companies – Ritchies Transport Holdings –pleaded guilty before an Auckland court on Monday to failing to comply with New Zealand healthy and safety regulations in relation to a bus crash in 2016 near the city of Gisborne in which three Tongan passengers died.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A long legal action brought by Busby Kautoke against the termination of his employment as Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, has again been referred back to a Public Service Tribunal for re-determination.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prisoner and prolific offender Heamani Lopeti will continue to serve his 10-years imprisonment, after his appeal against conviction and sentence for armed robbery and serious bodily harm was dismissed.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Appeal Court has convicted a 27-year-old woman for embezzling more than $11,000 pa’anga; overturning a decision that was granted by Justice Laki Niu to discharge her without conviction last year. Loleini ‘Ala embezzled out of resentment to fund frivolous activities, staged a robbery and made a false complaint to the Police.
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Thursday 18 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siaosi Helu was sent to Hu'atolitoli Prison after his appeal against conviction on possession of 39.65 grams of cannabis was dismissed by the Appeal Court on April 17 in Nuku’alofa.
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The distribution and use of methamphetamine in Tonga is a significant government and community concern, Tonga's Appeal Court stated in overturning a judge's decision to let a meth smoker go free without conviction. The Appeal Court convicted the meth user of possession.
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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by the Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd (TongaSat) to present new evidence was dismissed by Tonga’s Court of Appeal on April 17 in Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 15 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
All cases set down for today at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court were adjourned to April 29 including that of the Minister of Justice, Sione Vuna Fa’otusia.
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Sunday 14 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old man was convicted of raping a young woman who was working as cleaner at a guesthouse back in 2017, in Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year-old youth was found guilty on charges of carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 15, committed in January last year in Tongatapu.
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Tuesday 9 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal is sitting this week and will hear a total of 17 appeals, starting on April 8.
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Monday 8 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Tu’i Uata, the Minister of Trade and Economic Development is facing charges of neglecting to obey and refusal to obey the Port Master’s direction in regards to the mooring of two vessels, MV Pulupaki and MV Punalei.
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Wednesday 3 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Fonua who pleaded guilty to possession in the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphatamine at Fua’amotu International Airport last year will be sentenced on May 3.
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Wednesday 3 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vuna Fa’otusia, the Minister of Justice has been charged with wrongful interference with the course of justice and using threatening language to police officers in a dispute over a stolen cow in January.
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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ngana ‘Alovili was acquitted of reckless driving that caused the death of a pedestrian at Ha’ateiho in 2017, after the Acting Chief Justice was left unconvinced with the evidence presented by the Crown during trial.
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Monday 1 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi pleaded not guilty today to charges relating to the seizure of 1.9 kilos of methamphetamine in the departure lounge at Fua’amotu International Airport last year. His co-accused, meanwhile, has pleaded guilty.
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Friday 29 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A wandering brown bull, who didn't come when he was called for identification by a magistrate, is at the centre of a legal dispute between two bull-keepers in Vava'u. An appellant claims the bull is Hercules.
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Wednesday 27 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Pahulu Manoa (38) was sentenced to four-years imprisonment for causing the death of a 48-year-old man while driving under the influence of alcohol on Vuna Road last year.
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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Loseli Tonga (28) was sentenced to six-years and nine-months imprisonment for reckless driving that caused the death of three of his passengers, during a tragic crash in Leimatu'a in 2017.
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Monday 25 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A businessman of Asian origin was convicted of failing to declare carrying over $10,000 pa’anga at Fua’amotu International Airport last year, and is expected be sentenced in April.
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