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Thursday 19 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rizvi Jurangpathy whose employment contract was terminated by Tonga Communications Corporation in 2017, was awarded $165,000 pa'anga in damages by the Lord Chief Justice, who found he was subjected to unfair treatment when he was under investigation for the allegations against him. The employer had relied on “inaccurate and inadequate” information and breached its obligations.
Wednesday 18 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A couple has been convicted of serious sexual crimes of rape, sodomy and serious indecent assault of a woman in Neiafu earlier this year.
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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD, have pleaded not guilty on December 17 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 13 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 62-year-old male driver whose van collided and seriously injured a motorcyclist on December 2 has been released on bail. His case was adjourned to January, 2020.
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Wednesday 4 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The case against five men charged with the murder in the death of Sione Feimoefiafi (49), was called for the first time at the Supreme Court on December 3.
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Tuesday 3 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Separate trials will be held in 2020 for Lord Tu’ivakano and two other co-accused, who are charged with Tongan passport offences at the Supreme Court.
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Wednesday 27 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been found guilty of possessing methamphetamine, when Tonga Police interrupted drug dealing activity held at home in Ngele'ia in August, 2018.
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Friday 22 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Viliami Mangisi (60) was sentenced to 12-years six-months imprisonment for possession and attempting to export 1.9 kilograms methamphetamine, when he was arrested at Fua‘amotu International Airport, in 2018. The offender was a mastermind and a deterrent sentence was required “to protect society from offenders who participate in and promote this evil trade," said the judge.
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Thursday 21 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A young couple received a two-years fully suspended prison sentence for theft, when they stole Tongan artefacts valued at $62,000 pa'anga from the wife's grandmother in Kolofo'ou. None of the artefacts were recovered after being sold to a vendor at Talamahu Market.
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Monday 11 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 30-year-old man received a fully suspended sentence for theft when he used pre-signed withdrawal slips and withdrew money from his customary adopted father’s account, at Tonga Development Bank.
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Friday 8 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 47-year-old man from Vaini was jailed for cultivating cannabis and having in his possession firearm and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 8 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court upheld a conviction imposed on a man in Vava'u who scammed another of $7,000 pa'anga in return for kava.
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Friday 8 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ake Kali (41) who was convicted for the theft of goods valued at around $20,000 from a home at Pili, was sentenced to two-years imprisonment.
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Thursday 7 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has dimissed an appeal against a defamation ruling in a civil case between two tourism operators in Vava'u last year.
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Wednesday 6 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Sri Lankan national Vaseeth Samsudeen has been ordered to leave Tonga or face deportation back to Sri Lanka. He received a fully suspended sentence, after using a forged French passport in Tonga earlier this year.
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Thursday 31 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The case against five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD, is expected to be called for the first time at the Supreme Court on December 3.
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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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Thursday 24 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury has found Viliami Mangisi (59) guilty on two counts relating to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua‘amotu International Airport, in 2018.
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Tuesday 22 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A verdict is expected this week in a jury trial against Viliami Mangisi (59) charged in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua‘amotu International Airport. The trial is underway at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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