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Security guard charged with murder of Malapo man | Matangi Tonga


A 38-year-old security guard has been charged with the murder of a 27-year-old man from Malapo, in the Nuku’alofa CBD at the weekend.Tonga Police stated that the security guard was arrested following an incident at around 4:00am on Saturday 12 April at the CBD Square opposite the ‘Uliti Uata Building.

via Security guard charged with murder of Malapo man | Matangi Tonga.

Rumours baffle Tonga’s top cop


Tonga’s New Zealand police chief Grant O’Fee is mystified by rumours that he has resigned.

While admitting that life in Tonga “has not been boring” he says there were waves of rumours that he had quit.

“I was inclined to ignore it all at the start,” he said today, but then when the rumours said other senior officers had been fired, he felt he had to issue a brief statement.

via Rumours baffle Tonga’s top cop | Stuff.co.nz.

Tonga hosts Pacific Senior Law Officials meeting


The Senior Law Officials of the Pacific Countries, at the levels of Attorneys General, Solicitors General, Secretaries of Justice, Directors of Public Prosecutions, and Parliamentary Counsel level will be meeting in Nuku’alofa, the Attorney General’s Office has announced.

via Tonga hosts Pacific Senior Law Officials meeting – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Tonga Police Development Program extended for three years


A 2008 five-year Tonga Police Development Program, jointly funded by Australia, New Zealand and Tonga has been extended for another three years.

The Tonga Police Development Program was due to expire next Thursday October 31, 2013. It was launched in July 2008 with the aim of improving the Tongan Police. The objective of the program was an efficient and trustworthy police force.

via Tonga Police Development Program extended for three years | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga signs new police development agreement


Tonga has signed a new three-year memorandum of agreement with New Zealand and Australia to continue the development of the country’s police force.

Both aid providers first became involved in 2008 following concerns about the quality of policing raised by the riots in 2006.

via Tonga signs new police development agreement.

Tonga police commissioner promises to clean up corrupt activities


In his first 15 months in office Commissioner Grant O’Fee has suspended, dismisseed or criminally charged more than 30 officers including very senior officers. Commissioner O’Fee is now working to win back the public’s confidence in the force by stamping out a previously accepted culture of bribery and brutality. Mr O’Fee says the recent high profile case of New Zealander Kali Fungavaka’s death in custody is just one of many cases before the courts.

via Tonga police commissioner promises to clean up corrupt activities | Pacific Beat | ABC Radio Australia.

Tonga police look to repair damaged reputation


Tonga’s police commissioner Superintendent Grant O’Fee says earning the trust and confidence of the public is critical after a string of incidents over the past year have damaged the image of the police.

The most high profile case is that of five police officers who will go on trial next March on manslaughter charges in relation to the death of a New Zealand police man in the central station’s holding cells last year.

via Tonga police look to repair damaged reputation – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

Police investigate skeletal remains found at Veitongo coast


Tonga police are trying to identify skeletal human remains that were discovered in a remote cliffside area of Veitongo, on the southern coast of Tongatapu on June 25.

Police Commissioner Grant O’Fee said judging from the clothing it appeared to be a male person and samples would be sent overseas for DNA testing to try and confirm the identity, he said. A briefcase found with the remains contained several documents, including a Tongan passport that indicated the person might be Tongan. The documents found dated back to February 2012.

via Police investigate skeletal remains found at Veitongo coast | Matangi Tonga.

Police charge man and seize rifle after Fo’ui shooting


A 33-year-old man from Kolovai was hunted by a Police Tactical Response Group and arrested after he allegedly shot a man with a rifle at a home in Fo’ui on May 23. The victim is reported to be in a stable condition at Vaiola Hospital with injuries on his upper left arm.

The Kolovai man has been charged with causing bodily harm.

via Police charge man and seize rifle after Fo’ui shooting | Matangi Tonga.