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Friday 30 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court has rejected an application by ‘Etuate Lavulavu to have a separate trial from his wife ‘Akosita Lavulavu on forgery charges.
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Thursday 29 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The three men accused in the seizure of ten illegal firearms and more than 20,000 live bullets allegedly smuggled through shipments from the United States, had their case adjourned to October at the Magistrate's Court in Vava'u.
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Thursday 29 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The forgery trial against a current People’s Representative to Parliament ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu is now set for 2020.
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Wednesday 28 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s second session of the Court of Appeal will preside over five appeals, starting on September 2 in Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 27 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cash seized by Tonga Police during a search of Sione Filipe Jr's home in relation to a bribery allegation in July, was ordered to be returned to him by the Supreme Court on August 23.
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Monday 26 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Malia Kolokiloloma Fanua was sentenced to three years imprisonment (which was fully suspended) for forging her exam results, while studying at the University of the South Pacific Tonga campus in 2017. Hon Mr Justice Laki Niu during sentencing on August 20, said the accused had shamed not only herself but also her family and the Tonga Police.
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Friday 23 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-one of 26 Chinese nationals charged with gambling were fined on August 23 after pleading guilty at the Fasi Magistrate's Court. They were arrested by Police after more than $89,000 pa’anga and other foreign currencies was seized on Sunday, August 18 at a building in Tofoa.
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Thursday 22 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Saimone Vaka (36), a prisoner, was acquitted of seven counts, including three of sodomy alleged to have been committed on a 19-year-old cell mate, after a Judge found that a confession had been beaten out of him by prison officers at Hu'atolitoli.
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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Funaki Katoa of Ma’ufanga (19) who was found guilty for the murder of Pita ‘Asipolo (44) was sentenced to life imprisonment on August 19, at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa.
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Tuesday 13 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vaha Palei (32) was sentenced to two-years nine-months imprisonment for possession of 20.4 grams methamphetamine seized during a Police search at Te'ekiu.
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Monday 12 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Naitoko (59) had his case adjourned for two-weeks after it was mentioned at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court on August 12.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paula Naitoko (59) was ordered to be released on bail but under very tough conditions after a hearing at the Supreme Court in Nuku’alofa on August 9.
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Tuesday 6 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd (Tongasat) will have to pay further security of $35,000 pa'anga to the Supreme Court, before their appeal against a ruling of the former Lord Chief Justice may be heard.
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Thursday 1 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fraud trial against Vava'u People’s Representative to Parliament, ‘Akosita Lavulavu and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, which was to start in September has been delayed.
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Wednesday 31 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Michael Hargreaves Whitten QC from Australia has been appointed as Tonga’s new Lord Chief Justice and is expected to join the Supreme Court in Nuku‘alofa on September 2.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lautaimi Tu’itavake (34) of Malapo was sentenced to two-years three-months imprisonment for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, found on him during his arrest in the Nuku'alofa Central Business District in 2018.
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Tuesday 30 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lisiate ‘Otuhouma (28) who is charged in relation to the seizure of three kilograms of methamphetamine at his home in Fahefa, had his case adjourned to September.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 44-year-old man was sentenced to one-year nine-months imprisonment, after being convicted in the Supreme Court of making a false statement and dealing with a forged birth certificate in order to obtain a Tongan passport.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Filipe Jr. remains in police custody after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court today, July 29.
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Monday 29 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer charged in relation to a bribery charge allegedly involving the Sione Filipe Jr. case was released on bail today, July 29.
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