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Police operation still questioned in Parliament

Radio & Television Tonga News 4/08/2017


Members of Parliament are still concerned over the credibility of Police daily operation, their integrity and capability to enforce the law. This is despite many information being provided to the house regarding police integrity and performance with many being accused of corruption.


This was the highlighted in parliament during deliberations on the Tonga Police Annual Report.


The Prime Minister Hon.Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva told the house he is still dissatisfied with their handling of the US Fugitive who fled from police custody in Vava’u.


He was also worried about the increasing rate of crime which proves that there is truth in some saying the Law doesn’t work in tonga.


The Prime Minister also mentioned his concern over the slaughter of cows in Vava’u.  He said police should enforce people to keep animals in their fences.


Other members of the House also questioned illicit drugs confiscated in Vava’u.


In response the Minister of Police – Hon Mateni Tapueluelu said he will not deny the accusations BUT they are doing the best they can.


He said Australian Federal Police has confirmed that the drugs confiscated from Vava’u have been destroyed.


In relation to the slaughtering of cows in Vava’u, he said Police are investigating the safety of the site where the slaughter was held.


On the subject of the nine Police officers being suspended, he said others is under review and will be suspended later.


Meanwhile several Ministers said it is vital that Members of Parliament also recognize the good work done by Police.


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