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Wednesday 24 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Rodney Tomasi was acquitted of possessing the illicit drug cannabis because evidence of a search was inadmissible, and a further charge offering a bribe to Police Officers was unproven, ruled the Supreme Court on July 17.
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Monday 22 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Minister for Justice has been taken off the no fly list and can travel abroad as of July 19 as approved by the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 19 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing date is expected to be set on September 6 to hear submissions in regards to the Crown's proposal to have a joint trial for Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and two other accused, regarding passport offences.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Simi Moala (28) was found guilty by a jury of reckless driving that caused the death of a five-year-old boy at Tatakamotonga last year.
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Thursday 18 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Samuela Hafoka (24) who was convicted of serious housebreaking and theft of goods valued at around $20,000 from a home at Pili, received a fully suspended sentence at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 17 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 43-year-old man from Matangiake who went into Tonga College grounds carrying an unloaded airgun, after firing it at a bush area to scare students in an incident last year, was fined a total of $1000 by a Supreme Court judge in Nuku'alofa today.
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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siua Sekona is a co-accused charged with Sione Filipe Jr in relation to the seizure of 242 grams of cannabis seeds brought into Tonga, at Fua’amotu International Airport in March, confirmed Police Prosecution.
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Monday 15 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has filed an appeal to the Supreme Court against a Magistrate's decision, which granted a bail variation to Minister of Justice, allowing him to travel outside of Tonga. The Crown alleges that proper procedure for his application was not carried out according to the law. The Minister who is currently facing criminal charges related to wrongful interference in a cow row, is on bail.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) who was found guilty of possessing 20.4 grams of methamphetamine at Te’ekiu in May last year, was remanded for sentencing next month.
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Friday 12 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bail hearing for Paula Naitoko (59) the Senior Customs Officer charged in a major seizure of illicit drugs in April at the Queen Salote Wharf, had his case adjourned to August 9, in a court appearance this morning.
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Wednesday 10 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 25-year-old man was acquitted of attempted rape of a young woman at a home in Nuku’alofa in May last year.
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Friday 5 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A bail hearing for Paula Naitoko (59) the Senior Customs Officer charged in the major seizure of illicit drugs in April at the Queen Salote Wharf had his case adjourned to July 12.
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Friday 28 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paki mo Talaha Tausinga was found guilty on two counts that included not helping an injured woman pedestrian following an accident in the Nuku'alofa CBD last year. Although the accused was found to be the driver responsible for this collision, he was acquitted of reckless driving, injuring a female pedestrian, because there was uncertainty about the quality of the

 evidence to prove this serious charge.
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Thursday 27 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malia Kolokiloloma Fanua was found guilty of six counts, that included forging her exam results in order to get further funding from Tonga Police, while studying for a Bachelor of Arts, at the University of the South Pacific Tonga campus, including forging her marks for the subject of “Legal Ethics”.
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Tuesday 25 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uilisoni Falahola was acquitted of manslaughter in the electrocution death of a man in Kolomotu'a in a verdict delivered by the Lord Chief Justice in his on June 19 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 20 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vitalini Liku’ohihifo (29) was sentenced to one-year nine-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for reckless driving that caused the death of a male pedestrian in September 2018 in Nualei. “Many a good career and reputation have floundered as a consequence of alcohol abuse, and he would do well to reflect upon this,” the judge said.
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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 56-year-old man was sentenced to 16-months imprisonment for indecently assaulting a child under the age of 12 last year in the Nuku'alofa area.
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Monday 17 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Emilio To’a has been sentenced to five-years and six-months imprisonment for manslaughter in the death of Siaosi Tupa, who he stabbed multiple times with a knife during a drunken brawl at Fangaloto, last year.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s former Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano pleaded not guilty today to a total of 15 charges, with 12 of those charges including perjury and accepting bribes, relating to the issuance of Tongan passports, and three charges for possession of firearms and ammunition without a license.
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Friday 14 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epuefi Holiday Laimani was found guilty of possession of the illciit drug methamphetamine seized at a hut in Hofoa in August last year.
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