Tonga soldiers who abused recruits dismissed and demoted

    New recruits at His Majesty’s Army Forces had been left traumatised and some refused to return to the military after they became victims of illegal practices.

    The Army Forces has dismissed two military officers and demoted two others after they were found guilty of the physical abuse.

    The abuse ranges from using an iron rod to burn someone’s back, using a machete, batons and boots, as well as verbal assaults.

    Tonga Broadcasting Commission reports said: “A Press Release from HMAF says this was a breach of Law and they do not support such practice”.

    The revelation of the misuse of power came to light after complaints from parents.

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