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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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Wednesday 12 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sepuloni Mateo (24) received a two year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to seven counts of forgery and knowingly dealing with forged documents, in which he got more $8,000 pa'anga by false representing his employer to a customer in 2017.
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Monday 10 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Loketi Veimau the man arrested with cannabis, a firearm and ammunition smuggled in a shipment from the United States last month has been released on bail.
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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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Wednesday 22 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Tu’itavake (34) from Malapo has been remanded in custody for sentencing for possession of cannabis and methamphatamine, after a one day trial on May 20 at the Supreme Court.
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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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