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Friday 17 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, will be sentenced on Friday, April 24 following his conviction on four counts, two of which relate to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals.
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Thursday 16 April 2020

Nuku'alofa
Three people were today sentenced to a fine of $1,000 to $150 pa’anga each at Nukunuku Magistrate’s Court for breaching restrictions imposed during the national lockdown.
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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-two people were today sentenced to a range of fines between $300 to $1100 pa'anga each for breaching the national lockdown notice, at the Mu'a Magistrate's Court. Another 20 accused will be tried next week.
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Tuesday 14 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three of five people were today sentenced to a fine of $1,000 pa’anga each at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court for breaching restrictions imposed, during the national lockdown. To date, more than 100 people have been arrested and charged by Police for breaching restrictions.
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Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men were acquitted of possession of methamphetamine, after a Supreme Court judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the charges against them.
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Thursday 2 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An appeal by a former police officer against her conviction for forgery was withdrawn during this year's Court of Appeal sitting on March 23.
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Friday 27 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Cable Ltd. cannot pursue its full claim of over US$1.2 million for the damage that it alleges the oil tanker Duzgit Venture caused to its two undersea communications cables in January 2019, because the piece of legislation to support its claim has never been Gazetted, or come into law in Tonga.
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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Appeal Court for the first time in Nuku'alofa, conducted hearings via video teleconference on March 23, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Thursday 19 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A police officer was acquitted of bribery, after a Supreme Court judge found the evidence had not established, that he accepted money as inducement to carry out his duties.
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Friday 13 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fanguna Alalea (33) was sentenced to three-years imprisonment for offering a bribe to another police officer to take drugs from the Police exhibit room last July. This was in regards to a case concerning Sione Filipe Jr. “A police officer seeking to corrupt another police officer, is in my view, one of the most disgraceful acts imaginable,” said the Chief Justice.
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Friday 13 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three men received suspended sentences and one was discharged on conditions, at the Supreme Court in an assault of a soldier at Havelu in September 2018.
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Thursday 12 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fainga Lavulo Tengange (32) was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, which was fully suspended for possession of 0.38 grams of methamphetamine, when arrested in Ngele’ia.
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Wednesday 11 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
'Alamoni Makafilia (33) is serving 16-years imprisonment, for armed robberies at two petrol stations in Tongatapu in 2018 where he shot and wounded two petrol station attendants.
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Monday 9 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A jury of seven has found former Prime Minister Lord Tu‘ivakano guilty on three charges that include making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport and perjury, at the end of a 21-days trial at the Supreme Court. The accused will be sentenced next month.
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Friday 6 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has dropped six charges of bribery and money laundering against Lord Tu'ivakano, in relation to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals. The jury trial proceeds next week on three remaining charges against the former Prime Minister.
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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano has pleaded guilty this morning, March 4 to possession of an arm without a license. He will be sentenced on a later date.
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Wednesday 4 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Lord Tu’ivakano has denied offences made against him relating to the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese nationals, when he gave evidence as the first witness for defense, on March 3.
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Monday 2 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues in its fourth week, with the defence opening its case today, submitting insufficient evidence against the accused.
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Friday 28 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Soane Patita Toutai’olepo (19) was sentenced to two-years imprisonment for grievous bodily harm, when he threw a rock injuring another student in a school rivalry between Tupou College and Tonga College, in 2019. The Chief Justice said it was a deterrent for future rival school violence. "It is a very great shame that the defendant must start his adult years by spending a year in prison.”
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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The jury trial against Lord Tu'ivakano on offences relating to the issuance of Tongan passports continues with revelations that legal advice from the then Acting Attorney General against the issuance of Tongan passports to Chinese applicants was ignored. The court was told this was despite real concerns of criminal activity.
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