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Thursday 12 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fainga Lavulo Tengange (32) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.38 grams of methamphetamine, when arrested in Ngele’ia.
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Wednesday 11 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alamoni Makafilia (33) is serving 16-years imprisonment, for armed robberies at two petrol stations in Tongatapu in 2018 where he shot and wounded two petrol station attendants.
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Monday 9 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury of seven has found former Prime Minister Lord Tu‘ivakano guilty on three charges that include making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport and perjury, at the end of a 21-days trial at the Supreme Court. The accused will be sentenced next month.
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Friday 6 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped six charges of bribery and money laundering against Lord Tu'ivakano, in relation to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals. The jury trial proceeds next week on three remaining charges against the former Prime Minister.
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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano has pleaded guilty this morning, March 4 to possession of an arm without a license. He will be sentenced on a later date.
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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano has denied offences made against him relating to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals, when he gave evidence as the first witness for defense, on March 3.
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Monday 2 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues in its fourth week, with the defence opening its case today, submitting insufficient evidence against the accused.
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Friday 28 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Soane Patita Toutai’olepo (19) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he threw a rock injuring another student in a school rivalry between Tupou College and Tonga College, in 2019. The Chief Justice said it was a deterrent for future rival school violence. "It is a very great shame that the defendant must start his adult years by spending a year in prison.”
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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues with revelations that legal advice from the then Acting Attorney General against the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese applicants was ignored. The court was told this was despite real concerns of criminal activity.
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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 16-year-old boy received a fully suspended sentence for indecently assaulting a 51-year-old woman, who was going for a run in the morning. "No member of society deserves to be set upon in broad daylight in the way in which the defendant did here,” said the Chief Justice in sentencing the offender.
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Monday 24 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A husband and wife who were convicted of rape, sodomy and indecent assault of a woman in Neiafu, Vava’u last year, have been sentenced to 17 years and 15 years imprisonment respectively.
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Saturday 22 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to Tongan passports, heard from a Crown witness, that despite lack of concrete evidence to prove naturalisation in two passport applications, the accused still directed for their issuance.
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Wednesday 19 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 31-year-old man was sentenced to three-years and six-months imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he stabbed a teenager in the back with a knife. The Lord Chief Justice said that sentences for any form of assault in which a knife is used to inflict harm, must include a significant component for deterrence.
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Tuesday 18 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu’ivakano who is charged with 10 counts, mostly passport related offences is continuing, in its second week at the Supreme Court, in Nuku'alofa.
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Thursday 13 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu’ivakano who is charged with 10 counts, mostly passport related offences continues at the Supreme Court, in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 11 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, five of which are for acceptance of a bribe by a government servant, at the start of his jury trial, at the Supreme Court today, February 11. By Linny Folau.
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Tuesday 11 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial of former Prime Minister Lord Tu‘ivakano, who is facing multiple charges in relation to passport offences, began on Monday 10 February and a jury has been selected and sworn in at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 6 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr and a co-accused pleaded not guilty to illicit drug charges, when they appeared for the first time at the Supreme Court on February 6.
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Monday 3 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Epeli Taione (40) and two other men who have been charged with possession of illicit drugs, appeared at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on February 3.
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Friday 24 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The illicit drugs case against Sione Filipe Jr is set to be called for the first time on February 6, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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