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Government engages New Zealand Barrister for its case against the Pacific Games council

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/07/2017

 

The Government has approached Rodney Harrison to represent them in a legal action sought by the Pacific Games Council.

 

The Minister of Police and Prison Hon Mateni Tapueluelu revealed this during a recent media conference.

 

This comes after the Pacific games Council’s CEO Andrew Minogue told RNZI they have begun legal proceedings against the Tongan government, following its decision to pull the plug on hosting the 2019 Games.

 

The Council has confirmed it would formally terminate the host agreement with Tonga for the 2019 Pacific Games, for the deadline for the government to reconsider its decision has passed.

 

Mr. Minogue told RNZI they have commenced talks with a Tongan solicitor and will now pursue damages in Court.

 

Mr Minogue said the Tongan government unilaterally walked away from an agreement signed by three parties without any consultation and that’s not a behaviour they think should be ignored or rewarded in any way so they will be seeking legal redress for that.

 

Paper work on the legal action is yet to be submitted to court.

 

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 06/07/2017