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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A stepfather was sentenced to 12 and a half years imprisonment for numerous offences that included serious indecent assault of his two young stepdaughters and raping one of them. The mother (42) who helped him commit some of these serious sexual offences was sentenced to seven years and three months imprisonment. The judge agreed that the offendings constituted a grave breach of trust and the sentence imposed should reflect it.
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Sunday 18 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mele 'Amanaki Samate, who presented a petition to Parliament calling for the impeachment of seven Cabinet Ministers this year, said they are working on cases to take the Cabinet Ministers to Court.
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Thursday 15 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Kingdom of Tonga has an arguable defence to claims made by Plaintiffs, Lord Sevele-'o-Vailahi and 10 former members of the Pacific Games Organizing Committee, Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen ruled on November 8.
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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“There can be only one widow”, ruled the Tonga Land Court, when ordering that Vaiosina Kupu be registered as the lawful holder of a town and tax allotment in Ha‘atafu. The land belonging to her late husband, had been granted by the Minister of Lands to another woman who also claimed to be the widow.
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Monday 12 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 34-year-old taxi driver was acquitted of raping a 27-year-old mother after taking her to a bush area in Tokomololo in October last year.
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Monday 12 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 26-year-old solo-mother, Loleini ‘Ala, who pleaded guilty to stealing $14,375 pa’anga from her employer in a staged robbery, was discharged without conviction by the Tonga Supreme Court on Wednesday 7 November. The accused’s employer was sympathetic and had asked Police to withdraw the charges.
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Wednesday 31 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An attempted murder charge has been made against the alleged male shooter in two petrol station shootings in Fanga and Veitongo on September 5, in addition to earlier charges of armed robbery.
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Tuesday 30 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Siosaia Latu was found guilty of serious arson of a motor vehicle valued at $16,000 pa’anga at a home in Havelu in November 2015. After a fight earlier that day, he encouraged his uncle to burn a van.
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Monday 29 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 23-year-old man, Halahone Taliai, was sentenced to 13-years imprisonment for the callous manslaughter of ‘Aiveni Tui (36), whom he struck with a machete at Vaini in 2016. His younger brother, Sosefo Malimali Vea, received two years and 3 months sentence, after being convicted on a lesser count..
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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two new accused have been charged in relation to the fraud case against a former Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu.
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Tuesday 23 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano is now expected to be called on October 30, at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court.
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Monday 22 October 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Friendly Islands Satellite Communications Ltd. (Tongasat) has filed a notice of appeal against a Supreme Court decision in August that declared multi-million Chinese aid fund grants paid to the company in 2008 and 2011 were unlawful.
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Friday 12 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano who had his case adjourned several times, is expected to be called on October 23, at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court.
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Thursday 11 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The confession of a 20-year-old male accused was excluded from evidence in an ongoing rape trial as it was prejudice against him, after the Supreme Court found a breach in the law when a Tonga Police Constable failed to properly advise him on one of his rights, before his interrogation in November last year.
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Wednesday 10 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tevita Finau Katoa (20) is the man charged with murder in relation to the death of a 40-year-old man at Vaiola Hospital on September 26
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Tuesday 9 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Public Service Tribunal has been ordered by the Supreme Court, to re-determine for the second time an appeal by Busby Kautoke against the termination of his employment as Chief Secretary and Secretary to Cabinet, in a legal dispute that has been ongoing for six-years.
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Monday 8 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Uasi Musika (48) was convicted on two counts of possession of cannabis seeds and plant material seized by Tonga Police at a property in Fo’ui last year.
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Tuesday 2 October 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There are now seven accused charged in relation to the seizure of 2665 cannabis plants from a bush allotment in Mataika, Vava’u on September 24, Tonga’s largest cannabis bust to date.
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Friday 28 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A five year long civil suit against Tongasat (Friendly Islands Satellite Communications) came to a close on Monday 24 September when the Tonga Supreme Court read out nine declarations, stating that the Tonga Government made unlawful payments of over USD $45 million to Tongasat in 2008 and 2011.
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Tuesday 25 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The alleged male shooter in two petrol station shootings in Fanga and Veitongo on September 5 was further remanded in custody, while his two co-accused, his elder brother and a teenage girl were released on bail.
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