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Thursday 30 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old self employed builder was sentenced to a fine, after pleading guilty to possession of 44 bullets for a .22 rifle, which he didn't have a license to.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 17-year old student has been found guilty by a Supreme Court judge for stabbing another boy in the head with a sharp object, in a school fight in Nuku'alofa, last year.
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Wednesday 29 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new date is to be set for the joint trial of the Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism Hon ‘Akosita Lavulavu and husband ‘Etuate, at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 28 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped charges against Muli Vehikite regarding the alleged importation of 275.6 grams of methamphetamine, after a key witness, a former senior Tongan police officer, who was under suspicion for possible criminal offences, was unavailable to give evidence.
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Monday 27 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people pleaded guilty and were fined, and another was sentenced to three-months imprisonment, at the Magistrate’s Court in Tongatapu last week, for offences under the Emergency Management Act and during curfew hours.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu'ivakano was sentenced today to two-years imprisonment, which was fully suspended, for charges relating to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals. He was also fined $4,000 for possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license. In sentencing, the Chief Justice also took into consideration the potential ramifications of s.37 of the Land Act, clause 23 of the Constitution and s.386 of the Companies Act. (If the prison sentence was more than two years the noble would lose his hereditary rights.)
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Thursday 23 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) in the Nuku'alofa CBD is to start on August 31, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 21 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twelve accused pleaded guilty today and were sentenced to fines of $1000 pa'anga each for breaching the national lockdown notice, at Fasi Magistrate’s Court. They were among 40 cases scheduled for today. Arrest warrants have been issued for 14 who did not turn up at the court.
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Monday 20 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 45-year-old man was convicted of stabbing another man three times with a knife during a verbal confrontation at Fatai. He will be sentenced on May 25, at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 17 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, will be sentenced on Friday, April 24 following his conviction on four counts, two of which relate to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals.
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Thursday 16 April 2020

Nuku'alofa
Three people were today sentenced to a fine of $1,000 to $150 pa’anga each at Nukunuku Magistrate’s Court for breaching restrictions imposed during the national lockdown.
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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people were today sentenced to a range of fines between $300 to $1100 pa'anga each for breaching the national lockdown notice, at the Mu'a Magistrate's Court. Another 20 accused will be tried next week.
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Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of five people were today sentenced to a fine of $1,000 pa’anga each at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court for breaching restrictions imposed, during the national lockdown. To date, more than 100 people have been arrested and charged by Police for breaching restrictions.
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Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were acquitted of possession of methamphetamine, after a Supreme Court judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against them.
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Thursday 2 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by a former police officer against her conviction for forgery was withdrawn during this year's Court of Appeal sitting on March 23.
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Friday 27 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Cable Ltd. cannot pursue its full claim of over US$1.2 million for the damage that it alleges the oil tanker Duzgit Venture caused to its two undersea communications cables in January 2019, because the piece of legislation to support its claim has never been Gazetted, or come into law in Tonga.
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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Appeal Court for the first time in Nuku'alofa, conducted hearings via video teleconference on March 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer was acquitted of bribery, after a Supreme Court judge found the evidence had not established, that he accepted money as inducement to carry out his duties.
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Friday 13 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fanguna Alalea (33) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for offering a bribe to another police officer to take drugs from the Police exhibit room last July. This was in regards to a case concerning Sione Filipe Jr. “A police officer seeking to corrupt another police officer, is in my view, one of the most disgraceful acts imaginable,” said the Chief Justice.
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Friday 13 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men received suspended sentences and one was discharged on conditions, at the Supreme Court in an assault of a soldier at Havelu in September 2018.
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