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Tu’ivakano and Lavulavu cases adjourned

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/03/2018

The Former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano had his case adjourned to April 23 after appearing at the Fasi Magistrate’s Court yesterday.


The Crown revealed he will face additional counts relating to unlawful possession of a firearm.


The accused, who was arrested on March 1st, is charged with 10 counts in total, including one of making a false declaration to obtain a passport.


The Crown submitted a request for the case to be delayed because the police investigators had not yet provided the documents.


Lord Tu’ivakano was represented by Clive Edwards Senior.


Meantime, the Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. ‘Akosita Lavulavu, and her husband, ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s case had been adjourned to May 28.


The Crown again asked for another two-month to get documents ready.


The couple who were arrested on March 3, and are charged with three counts each of knowingly dealing with forged documents and three counts of obtaining credit by false pretences, which relates to a number of irregularities in an audit of the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute in 2016.



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