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Wednesday 5 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Cabinet Minister ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, who are charged with fraud relating to a number of irregularities in an audit of the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute in 2016 were permitted to apply for judicial review of the audit.
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Tuesday 4 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former police officer Vilisoni Finau (51) was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment after being found guilty of reckless driving causing death of a male driver last year.
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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 39-year-old former senior loans officer who embezzled from employer, Five Star Finance in 2015 was sentenced to three-years three-months imprisonment on May 31, at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 27 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
More than 10 male accused charged with various illicit drug offences in separate cases were brought in a Tonga Police bus to the Fasi Magistrate’s Court this morning, May 27.
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Friday 24 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The case against three soldiers charged in the assault of a man at Vaini last year is to be called on June 17 for committal to the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele Tokilupe Hausia (24) received a two-year suspended sentence for three charges, including forging a Government bond while an employee of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga. “I consider the accused’s offending was audacious,” the judge stated.
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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Chief Justice O.G. Paulsen ruled on an appeal today that there is sufficient evidence to commit Lord Tu‘ivakano for trial on four charges of accepting a bribe as a government servant. This returns the charges against the former Prime Minister back to a total of 12.
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Tuesday 21 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 54-year-old man who is the head of community policing at Popua received a suspended sentence at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on May 17, after pleading guilty to three charges, including firing a .22 rifle to intimidate.
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Monday 20 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The cases against two Tongan Cabinet Ministers, one over a stolen cow and the other disobeying a Port Master’s direction in regards to his vessels, remain pending at the Fasi Magistrate's Court. One is adjourned to Chambers on May 29 and the other has a trial date set for July 3.
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Friday 17 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing on an appeal by the Crown against a ruling by a Magistrate discharging four counts against former Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano, namely for accepting bribes by a government servant was heard on May 17 at the Supreme Court.
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Thursday 16 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Finau Heuifanga Vea who was convicted of embezzling more than $70,000 pa’anga from her employer, Five Star Finance in 2015 will be sentenced on May 31.
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Thursday 16 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five of the 10 men arrested in a drugs operation in Hofoa during the Easter weekend were released on bail on Friday, May 10.
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Wednesday 15 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The trial against Viliami Mangisi charged in relation to the seizure of 1.9 kilograms of methamphetamine at Fua’amotu International Airport last year is set for October this year, at the Supreme Court.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Broadcom Ltd. was fined $1,500 pa’anga to be paid within 60 days after being convicted of broadcasting an interview of the Deputy Prime Minister Semisi Sika on the polling day of Tonga's General Election in 2017. The judge found that the broadcast was a clear expression of support for the candidate.
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Tuesday 14 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A local businessman of Asian origin who was convicted for failure to declare carrying more than $10,000 pa'anga in cash, at Fua'amotu International Airport last year, was fined at the Supreme Court on May 13.
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Monday 13 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Emilio To‘a this morning changed his plea to guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter in the death of Siaosi ‘Okusitino Tupa, who died after being stabbed multiple times with a knife during a drunken brawl at Fangaloto in March, 2018.
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Thursday 9 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three soldiers charged in relation to an assault of a man in Vaini in November last year had their case adjourned to May 20.
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Thursday 9 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The 16 men and one woman arrested in a major drugs operation in Tongatapu over the Easter weekend remain in custody pending bail hearing.
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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A speeding drunk driver, Vilisoni Finau, was found guilty of reckless driving causing the death of another driver Tou’anga Ma’a Tonga Kamea in a collision on the roundabout intersection of Vaha‘akolo and Mateialona Roads in Nuku‘alofa, in June last year.
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Wednesday 8 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A re-offender, Pouono ‘Aisake (29) was sentenced to six-years imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, when he hit a Senior Police Constable with a machete on the head, in August 2018. The judge found that the accused when angry poses a serious danger to society.
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