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Tuesday 10 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Marine Officer who surveyed the MV Princess Ashika vessel on July 2 the day after its arrival in Nuku'alofa, told the Ashika Inquiry today that the ferry was not seaworthy and was dangerous to the public due to the widespread corrosion that invaded the entire vessel.
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Tuesday 10 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Large holes were revealed on the side of the MV Princess Ashika in a range of pictures released by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika yesterday, November 9.
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Monday 9 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tangimana Lemoto (25) the first survivor to give testimony at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika this morning told of water forging through the cargo hull causing vehicles to move below deck. The vessel then rocked intensively from side to side before sinking before midnight on August 5.
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Friday 6 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Important testimony by John Jonesse, Managing Director of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., was cut short today when the SCP board cut off his access to corporate legal defence, thereby forcing an adjournment of the Ashika ferry inquiry.
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Thursday 5 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Fiji Marine Survey Certificates issued on the MV Princess Ashika in 2009 confirmed there were increasing safety concerns from the Fiji Marine Board and Fiji International Safety Administration on the deteriorating condition of the vessel.
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Thursday 5 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
‘Alisi Taumoepeau the Chairman of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., appeared for the first time at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika this morning and is set to give evidence on January 18, 2010.
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Tuesday 3 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A thorough survey of the MV Princess Ashika was not carried out before it was purchased by the Tongan Government, the Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., John Jonesse, told the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika, this morning, November 3.
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Tuesday 3 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Managing Director of Shipping Corporation of Polynesia SCP Ltd., John Jonesse, told the Commission of Inquiry yesterday morning, November 2, that the MV Princess Ashika was in good condition when it left Nuku'alofa on August 5 on its final voyage.
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Sunday 1 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Paul Karalus the former Minister of Transport who resigned on July 11, six days after the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on August 5 will give evidence on December 14 at the Royal Commission of Inquiry, Nuku'alofa.
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Sunday 1 November 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The advanced level of corrosion and rust on the MV Princess Ashika was a serious concern for Sateki Tupou, whenever the ferry left port, the foreman and the workshop supervisor of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd., told the Commission of Inquiry Day Four on Friday, October 30.
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Thursday 29 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A welder and fitter for the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd Manase Katoa, in his testimony this morning at the Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika reaffirmed the advanced level of rust and corrosion of the vessel and how unfit it was to operate in Tonga.
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Tuesday 27 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first public hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika on the night of August 5, got into a vibrant start this afternoon, when Mosese Fakatou, a former Marine Engineer with the Ministry of Ports and Authority showed slide photos of holes and heavy corroded sides and floor of the ferry.
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Friday 2 October 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first public hearing of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Ashika ferry was held on October 1 at the Fa'onelua Convention Centre.
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Friday 18 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mr Justice Warwick Andrew has been temporarily relieved from his Supreme Court judge duties to take up his role as the Chairman of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Princess Ashika.
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Monday 14 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Crown has yet to decide if it should apply to re-open the criminal sedition case against four People's Representatives of 2006 who were acquitted of an indictment on a joint charge of seditious conspiracy by the Appeal Court of Tonga on Wednesday, September 9.
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Tuesday 1 September 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Cauchi, Tonga's first independent Public Prosecutor and Attorney General warned the Tongan media that the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the passenger ferry MV Princess Ashika will be conducted like a court of law.
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Tuesday 2 June 2009
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
John Cauchi was appointed as Tonga's new Attorney General effective from last week, Monday May 25, four days before the opening of parliament.
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Thursday 9 October 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A permanent Anti Corruption Commissioner for Tonga may be announced next week, said Vuna Fa'otusia, the Chief Executive Officer for Tonga's Ministry of Justice today.
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Tuesday 9 September 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's King in Council has repealed the Emergency Powers Regulations 2007 and replaced them with new Emergency Powers (Public Safety and Public Order) Regulations 2008, effective from September 5 for 30 days, over an extended area of the capital Nuku'alofa.
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Tuesday 6 May 2008
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government, with support from the Commonwealth Secretariat, is to appoint a third Supreme Court Judge for a period of two years on Wednesday, May 7.
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