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Friday 8 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two separate trials will be held in February and March 2011, for four persons and the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd who are each charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of a young mother, Vae Fetu'u Taufa, in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika last year.
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Friday 8 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Talia'uli, who is currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his four year old son last year, will have a retrial after winning an appeal today on the grounds of miscarriage of justice.
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Friday 8 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
THE second session of the Tonga Court of Appeal 2010 concluded in Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today with the delivery of judgements that included dismissing an appeal made by the former Minister of Transport, Paul Karalus.
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Monday 4 October 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second Tonga Court of Appeal Session for 2010 began at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today, October 4, for one week to hear nine appeal cases, including one by a former Minister of Transport, Paul Karalus.
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Tuesday 21 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
For a month now Tonga's Supreme Court has been running with only one judge, Justice Robert Shuster following the departure of former Chief Justice Anthony Ford and former Justice Warwick Andrew in August.
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Friday 17 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vaomotou (36) who killed his wife Fotu'aika Vaomotou by stabbing her over 20 times while she was sleeping in May last year, was sentenced to 14 years at Hu'atolitoli Prison on September 15.
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Wednesday 8 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four persons and the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. who are each charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of a young mother, Vae Fetu'u Taufa, in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika last year, pleaded not guilty at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on September 8.
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Monday 6 September 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four persons and the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. who are charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of a young mother, Vae Fetu'u Taufa, in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika last year, will appear for the first time at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday, September 8.
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Monday 23 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Shuster is currently the Acting Chief Justice of Tonga while a substantive new Chief Justice is anticipated to be in Tonga by mid September.
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Wednesday 11 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lirong Liu, a Chinese national, pleaded not guilty to seven counts of trafficking persons into Tonga, keeping a brothel and trading in prostitution when he appeared at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court this morning, August 11.
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Monday 9 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An application by Paul Karalus, Tonga's former Minister of Transport, for a judicial review of the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Sinking of the MV Princess Ashika was rejected by Chief Justice Anthony Ford in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court today, August 9.
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Friday 6 August 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court of Tonga has approved the issuing of death certificates for 50 deceased whose lives were lost in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika ferry last August.
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Friday 30 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ashika trials have been set for September 8, 2010, at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.
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Thursday 29 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vaomotou (36) was acquitted by jurors on a murder charge but found guilty on a lesser charge of the manslaughter of his wife Fotu'aika Vaomotou (25).
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Thursday 22 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sione Vaomotou (36) appeared at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court this week charged with the stabbing murder of his wife Fotu'aika Vaomotou at Ma'ufanga in May 2009, on the day before she was due to give evidence against him for assault. Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 20:28
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Wednesday 21 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Charged with manslaughter by negligence over the death of a young mother, Vae Fetu'u Taufa, in the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika last year, four persons and the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd. appeared before Magistrate Paula Tatafu at the Fasi Magistrate's Court this morning.
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Thursday 15 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Court of Appeal's 2010 session ended in Nuku'alofa on Wednesday, July 14 with the delivery of judgements.
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Wednesday 14 July 2010
2010

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two 17-year-old burglars who escaped from prison have been spared a sentence of six lashes each with a cat or a rod, imposed by a British judge in Tonga last year, after the Court of Appeal set aside the "cruel and unusual punishment", in a judgment released today.
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Tuesday 6 July 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Court of Appeal 2010 Session began at the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on July 5 and will run for two weeks, ending with the delivery of judgements on July 14.
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Friday 2 July 2010
Nuku’alofa,Tonga
A 63-year-old father from Fua'amotu was sentenced to seven years in Hu'atolitoli Prison for five counts of incest after he repeatedly committed indecent sexual acts on his own daughter, from 2006 to December 2009.
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