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Tuesday 31 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned yet again to August 9.
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Saturday 28 July 2018

A father of six children, Alani Afu (51), who was extradicted from Tonga to Australia in 2016 on murder charges, was yesterday convicted of murder by the New South Wales Supreme Court in relation to the stabbing death of a Sydney woman Rita Caleo in 1990. Rita’s husband Mark Caleo was found guilty of hiring Alani to carry out the murder.
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Thursday 26 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four male teenagers charged in relation to assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a bush allotment in Matahau on Saturday night, July 21 had their case adjourned to August 2.
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Wednesday 25 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil suit filed by the Pacific Games Council and Tonga Sports Association National Olympic Committee against the Tongan Government will be mentioned on August 3, at the Supreme Court.
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Monday 23 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 38-year-old man who failed to appear at the Fasi Magistrate's Court on Monday, July 23 on charges related to the death of an 11-year-old girl on the road.
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Wednesday 18 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The two Tongan men arrested in relation to the seizure of 58 kilograms of cocaine worth around $30 million pa’anga in street value in Ha’apai have applied for bail in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 12 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Former Minister of Internal Affairs ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, a former Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, who are facing fraud charges had their case adjourned yet again to July 16.
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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Supreme Court of Tonga has upheld a decision of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga to revoke the banking licence of the Pacific International Commercial Bank Ltd. Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen in the Supreme Court of Tonga, on 5 July 2018 dismissed a claim by the PICB bank whose shareholders include HRH Princess Pilolevu. The bank's reported accumulated losses exceeded TOP$4.5million, causing reserve bank concerns that PICB was conducting unsafe and unsound banking operations.
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Wednesday 11 July 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Land Court of Tonga has ordered two brothers to vacate their older brother’s town allotment known as Sila’a in Kolofo’ou.
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Monday 9 July 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Chinese resident Gao Jian is on trial for charges of illegally possessing under-sized Sea Cucumber (Loli) during the closed season in accordance to Fishery regulations.
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Thursday 5 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned to July 30 at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court.
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Wednesday 4 July 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Civil proceedings alleging unlawful payment of around USD$25.4 million to Tongasat by the Government of Tonga in 2011 for the use of its orbital slots by a Chinese company, are now awaiting judgment. Lord Chief Justice O. G. Paulsen who presided over the the week-long proceedings which, started on June 19, has not yet confirmed a date to deliver his judgment.
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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Laki Niu has been appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court by King Tupou VI on June 21.
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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A civil proceeding alleging unlawful payment of around USD$25.4 million to Tongasat by the Government of Tonga in 2011 for the use of its orbital slots by a Chinese company, is being heard at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa this week. Three successive Tongan Prime Ministers will be called to give evidence.
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Friday 15 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Heamani Lopeti was found guilty of armed robbery and serious bodily harm when he assaulted a warden’s son with a machete, during an armed robbery at a home in Hu’atolitoli Prison in 2014.
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Monday 11 June 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Vilison Finau (51) the police officer charged in relation to a road death at Vaha'akolo Road roundabout on June 1, had his case adjourned to July 30 at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.
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Monday 11 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan noble and former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned again to June 25, to allow more time for his side to file a defence.
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Friday 8 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
William Clive Edwards won an appeal to dismiss a Magistrate's ruling over an unsuccessful 2012 defamation action he brought against the Kele'a and its publishers. The Lord Chief Justice on June 6 in granting Edwards's appeal said the Kele'a allegations were false and it was no excuse for 'Akilisi Pohiva to write one thing while saying that he meant to refer to something else.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two men received imprisonment sentences on May 29 at the Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis that included seeds found to have been germinating, possibly for cultivation.
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Thursday 7 June 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four men were sentenced to prison for the cultivation and possession of 3894 cannabis plants at a substantial plantation in Matahau on May 4, 2017. Mr Justice Cato also noted that the Tongan courts are experiencing an increased number of drug prosecutions
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