Lord Tu’ilakepa to be sentenced next week

If a former Speaker of the Tongan Parliament, Lord Tu’ilakepa will be sentenced on February 5 to two or more years of imprisonment his rights and entitlements as noble of the crown will all be stripped off.

The offence has a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

The current Vavaʻu Noble’s representative pleaded guilty to four counts relate to possession of firearms without a license and two others relate to possession of ammunition without a license.

In 2010 Tongan Police acted on a tip-off from the Australian Federal Police after a global trafficking operation that allegedly used yachts to carry cocaine from South America through Tonga to Australia and China was uncovered.

It was alleged the syndicate responsible for the illegal drug activity bribed Lord Tu’ilakepa to sponsor a Colombian drug boss to go to the kingdom in an attempt to facilitate shipments of the drugs.

Letters and tapped telephone records revealed how Lord Tu’ilakepa communicated with the drugs syndicate.

Tongan Police raided Lord Tuʻilakepa’s premises in 2010 and instead of getting drugs they were looking for they found the firearms and the ammunitions.

Tongan constitution stipulated that if a noble was found guilty of possessing ammunitions and firearms without having licenses he would lose all his rights and entitlements as a noble.

But since some of the nobles were recently charged over possessing weapons and ammunitions without holding licenses an amendment to the Tongan law in 2013 was made. It says a noble would not lose his job as a civil servant or his noble title even if he was found guilty and sentenced to less than two years in jail.

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  1. Kapau ʻe tautea ʻa e Sea ki muʻa ʻo e Fale Alea ʻo Tongá, Looti Tuʻilakepa ʻi he ʻaho 5 ʻo Fēpuelí ʻo ngāue pōpula taʻu ʻe ua pe lahi ange ʻe toʻo kotoa ʻa ʻene ngaahi totonu mo e monū ne ne maʻu tuʻunga heʻene hoko ko e taha ia ʻo e kau nōpele ʻo e kalauní.

    Ko e tautea lahi taha ‘e ala hilifaki ki he hia pehení ko e ngāue pōpula ʻi he taʻu ʻe 5.

    Naʻe tali halaia ʻa e fakafofonga nōpele Vavaʻú ni ki he hia ʻe fā fekauʻaki ʻeni mo ʻene maʻu ʻo ha meʻatau taʻe ʻi ai haʻane laiseni mo e hia ʻe ua fekauʻaki mo hono maʻu ha mahafu ʻikai haʻane laiseni.

    ʻI he 2010 ne ngāue atu ai ʻa e kau Polisi Tongá hili ia haʻanau maʻu ha fakamatala mei he kau Polisi fakavahaʻa siteiti a ʻAositelēliá ʻo pehē kuo ʻilo ha foʻi ngāue taʻe fakalao fakakolope ki hono fehūʻaki ʻo e faitoʻo konatapú ʻo ngāueʻaki ha ngaahi ʻiote ʻo fetuku mei Saute ʻAmelika fou mai ʻi Tonga ʻo uta fakafufū ai ki ʻAositelēlia mo Siaina.

    Naʻe mahaloʻi he ʻaho ko iá ne totongi fakafufuuʻi ʻe he kautaha pisinisi faitoʻo konatapu ko ʻení ʻa Looti Tuʻilakepa ke ne fai ha tohi ʻo siponisā honau takí ko e tangata mei Kolomupia ke ne haʻu ki Tonga ʻi he feinga ʻeni ke fakafaingofuaʻi hono ʻave vaka ʻo e faitoʻo konatapú.

    Naʻe maʻu e fetuʻutaki ʻa Tuʻilakepa mo e kautaha pisinisi faitoʻo konatapu ko ʻení ʻi ha ngaahi tohi ne ngaueʻaki ai ʻa e letaheti ʻa e Fale Aleá pehē ki ha ngaahi fetelefoniʻaki ne fakaongo ʻe he kau polisí.

    Naʻe hū atu ai e kau Polisi ʻi Tongá ke hua e ngaahi fale ʻo Tuʻilakepá ko e kumi ki ha fakamoʻoni ʻo e faitoʻo konatapú pea neongo ne hala ha faitoʻo ʻe maʻu ai ka ne iku ʻo nau puke ai e ngaahi meʻafana mo e mahafu ko ʻení kuó ne tali halaia ki aí.

    ʻI he tuʻu ʻa e konisitūtoné talu mei muʻá ko ʻene maʻu pe ha nōpele mo ha meʻatau pe mahafu pea moʻua ʻi he fakamaauʻangá ʻe ʻotomētiki pe e mole hono hingoá mo hono ngaahi monuʻia fakanōpele tukufakaholó.

    Ka ne iku hano maʻu ha kau nōpele ki muí ni mai mo ha ngaahi mahafu mo e meʻatau ke fai ai ha liliu ki he kupuʻi laó ni ʻo holoki ai e tautea ki ha nōpele ʻe maʻu mo ha meʻatau pe mahafu taʻe ʻi ai haʻane laiseni ʻo pehē ni : Kapau ʻe tautea ke ne ngāue pōpula taʻu ʻe 2 pe lahi ange pea ʻe ʻotomētiki pe mole hono hingoá mo e ngaahi monū fakanōpelé pea ka siʻi ai pea te ne kei maʻu kotoa pe kinautolu.

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