Court dismisses Keleʻa newspaper’s application to transfer defamatory civil proceeding to Supreme Court

    Tonga’s Supreme Court has dismissed an application by the publisher of Kele’a newspaper, Lautala Tapueluelu and its former editor, Mateni Tapueluelu, to transfer a civil proceeding for defamation from the Magistrates’ Court to the Supreme Court. Lord Chief Justice Owen G. Paulsen said the argument was without merit. He ordered that the Magistrate’s Court had…

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