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Thursday 21 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Court of Appeal from 8-18 April will hear an appeal by TongaSat against a Supreme Court decision that declared that the multi-million Chinese aid fund grants paid to the company in 2008 and 2011 were unlawful.
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Thursday 21 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application for adoption made by the natural parents who wanted to adopt their own three illegitimate children, was declined by Tonga's Chief Justice in an unusual case.
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Wednesday 20 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Maikolo ‘Ealelei (20), a habitual thief, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for serious housebreaking when he stole around $34,000 pa’anga worth of items at a home in Tofoa last year. “It is a distressingly common offence committed in the main by young men. It is a very serious problem in Tonga to which there must be a strong response,” the Chief Justice stated.
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Tuesday 19 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two male teenagers were sentenced to seven and eight-years imprisonment each for violently raping a woman who lived alone, in a deterrent sentence by a Supreme Court judge who said this is to protect women against predatory sexual home invasions. The perpetrators were involved in drugs and alcohol.
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Monday 18 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men charged with the murder of Sione Feimoefiafi (49) had their cases adjourned to April 22, after they were called this morning at the Fasi Magistrate's Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 13 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal filed by Tonga National Rugby League’s Board of Directors against their dismissal by a Supreme Court judge last year is expected to be heard in April. By Linny Folau.
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Wednesday 13 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Atenisi Institute was unsuccessful in its application to the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court for an interim injunction to restrain the Tonga National Qualifications and Accreditation Board from imposing certain conditions on the independent education provider.
Tuesday 12 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosateki Uikelotu Tu‘itufu (19) was sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of murdering 18-year-old ‘Ailine Finau, whom he repeatedly assaulted with a machete in February last year.
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Tuesday 12 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) charged with the murder of ‘Ailine Finau (18), whom he is alleged to have repeatedly assaulted with a machete was completed on February 11.
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Monday 11 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ma’ati Voni Lino was acquitted of reckless driving causing grievous bodily harm, after the Prosecution had no evidence to prove the charge during a trial at the Supreme Court.
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Friday 8 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Serious concerns over public comments, interference and threats regarding the death of a US-Tongan Sione Feimoefiafi on 4 February in Nuku‘alofa, were expressed today by the Attorney General’s Office who urged the public to exercise restraint - or face criminal prosecutions. “The rule of law still prevails in Tonga,” the Attorney General stated.
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Thursday 7 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep incisions on parts of the head and neck were among multiple injuries examined on the victim ‘Ailine Finau, according to a pathologist report presented at the trial of Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) who is charged with her murder. A doctor gave evidence of 32 strikes found on her body.
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Monday 4 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosateki Uikelotu Tu’itufu (19) has pleaded not guilty to the murder of ‘Ailine Finau (18) whom he is accused to have assaulted repeatedly with a machete on February 13, 2018. The murder trial started at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa today.
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Monday 4 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu today pleaded not guilty to fraud charges at the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 31 January 2019
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three brothers who were accused of serious bodily harm when they allegedly attacked another man during a fight at Hofoa in 2017 were found not guilty, at the Supreme Court on January 30.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Fakalelei Valuvalu Manu received one-year six-months suspended prison sentence for serious arson, when fuelled by alcohol and anger he set fire to a house, which he occupied with his family in June 2018.
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Wednesday 30 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hateni Kaufusi (32) was sentenced to five-years nine-months imprisonment for manslaughter, when he stabbed Tolifili Tu'alau with a pair of scissors during a fight at Te’ekiu in February last year.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In an unanimous verdict this afternoon, a jury found ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) guilty of murdering Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23). He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Supreme Court judge.
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Tuesday 29 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The final submissions by legal counsel in the trial of ‘Atonio Moeaki (40) charged with the murder of a young dentist, Dr Sione Feo Lau’i (23,) was completed on January 28 at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 24 January 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tearful eyewitness recalled how a nightclub bouncer struck a victim repeatedly with a baseball bat on the head, in evidence presented at a murder trial being heard this week in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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