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Tuesday 4 October 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Crown appeal against sentences initially imposed on the Ashika captain Makahokovalu Tuputupu and the first mate Semisi Pomale was upheld by the Court of Appeal and resulted in a reduction of their sentences.
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Tuesday 4 October 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal withdrew $1 million out of the total $2 million fine initially imposed by the Supreme Court on the Ashika ferry operator Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. over the Ashika sinking with the loss of many lives in 2009.
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Friday 30 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Jonesse, who was serving five years imprisonment in Tonga's Huatolitoli Prison for conviction arising from the tragedy of the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika ferry, was released immediately this afternoon, September 30 following a successful appeal against the length of his sentence.
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Friday 30 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Court of Appeal dismissed both appeals made by Liu Lirong against her conviction and sentence of 10 years imprisonment, for people trafficking, trading in prostitution and keeping a brothel in Tongatapu.
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Friday 30 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Kelepi of Nukunuku, a sufferer of mild mental retardation who pleaded guilty to manslaughter over the death of his 18-year-old brother whom he hit with an axe on the head in 2004, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment on September 29.
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Thursday 29 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 42-year-old male deportee who was convicted of sodomy and indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy at Nukunuku in Tongatapu was sentenced to five years imprisonment on September 28 at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 27 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The British Government has assisted the Tongan Judiciary by renovating a third courthouse at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa at a cost of TOP$30,000.
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Tuesday 27 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men have been arrested and charged over the possession and cultivation of more than 200 cannabis plants discovered at a remote location known as Lokupo in 'Eua.
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Tuesday 27 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Court of Appeal will deliver its judgements on 13 appeal cases in an open court on Friday, 30 September.
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Tuesday 20 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Liu Lirong (45) jailed for 10 years at Hu'atolitoli Prison for people trafficking, trading in prostitution and keeping a brothel, appealed both her conviction and sentence at the Court of Appeal's second session in Nuku'alofa, on September 20.
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Monday 19 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Second Court of Appeal Session begins in Nuku'alofa today Monday, September 19 and will hear 13 appeals, including an appeal by former SCP Managing Director John Jonesse against his conviction and sentencing imposed at the end of the Ashika ferry sinking trial in April.
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Wednesday 14 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 10-years-imprisonment sentence to deter others from "the heinous crime of rape" was imposed on a 44-year-old man from Ha'ateiho for raping and indecently assaulting a 19-year-old girl, who was a close relative.
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Wednesday 14 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men charged with conspiring to commit robbery in regards to the armed hold up and robbery of thousands of pa'anga from the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at Ma'ufanga on September 5, are further remanded in police custody.
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Tuesday 13 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 22-year-old man residing at Ha'ato'u in Pangai, Ha'apai has been charged with murder in relation to death of a 36-year old man during a drinking party at Ha'atou, on Saturday September 3.
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Monday 12 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Kelepi of Nukunuku, a sufferer of mental retardation, pleaded guilty this morning to manslaughter over the death of his 18-year-old brother whom he hit with an axe on the head in 2004.
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Monday 12 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Five men appeared at the Magistrate's Court in Nuku'alofa today, September 12 charged with conspiring to commit robbery in relation to the armed hold-up and robbery of thousands of pa'anga from the Westpac Bank of Tonga branch at Ma'ufanga on September 5.
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Thursday 1 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HRH Crown Prince Tupouto'a-Lavaka as the Prince Regent has approved the appointment of two men to the positions of Interim Lord Chancellor and Interim Attorney General.
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Thursday 1 September 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 42-year-old man from Nukunuku in Tongatapu was found guilty on three counts of sodomy, indecent assault and attempted indecent assault of a 13-year-old boy, in an incident that occurred in July last year after the offender grabbed the boy who was walking home.
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Monday 29 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The family of 'Akau'ola, the Special Adviser to the Tongan Prime Minister, were evacuated under police supervision from a private property on Hala Tupoulahi on Friday afternoon, 26 August, after defying a court order to leave.
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Friday 26 August 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 28-year-old Folaha man was found guilty of raping a 23-year-old woman whom he knew was mentally unstable, at Longoteme on August 30, 2009.
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