Lord Tu’ivakanō faces further charges as fraud trials adjourned

Pehē 'e he talatalaaki 'e toe tānaki atu ha faka'ilo ki a Looti Tu'ivakanō hili ia 'a 'ene hā 'i he fakamaau'anga polisi 'i Fasi 'aneafi ke fakamaau'i ia ki he hia ko e tali ha totongi fakafufū, kākaa'i ha ha fakamatala ke ma'u ai ha paasipooti pehē ki he fō 'o ha pa'anga 'uli. 'E toe tānaki atu hano faka'ilo ki he hia ko e ma'u mo ha me'afana ta'e 'i ai ha'ane laiseni. 'Oku toloi 'ene hopo ki he 'aho 23 'o 'Epeleli. Hā mo e ongo Lavulavu 'i he fakamaau'anga Fasi 'aneafi pea 'oku toloi 'ena hopo 'a kinaua ki he 'aho 28 'o Mee. Faka'ilo foki kinaua ia ki he hia ko e kākaa'i ha pa'anga hili hono pehē tokua 'e he 'Ātita ne 'i ai e 'ū fakamatala 'oku 'uli'ulilātai ne ma'u hono 'ātita'i e 'apiako 'a e 'Unuaki 'o Tonga 'a 'Etuate Lavulavu.

Prosecutors said further charges would be considered against former Prime Minister and Speaker Lord Tu’ivakanō who was accused of numerous offences relating to passport fraud, bribery and money laundering.

The king’s noble will face additional counts relating to unlawful possession of a firearm, the Magistrate Court was told yesterday Monday 26.

Lord Tu’ivakanō appeared at the Fasi Magistrate court before Magistrate Sālesi Mafi and he was ordered to reappear in court on April 26.

Crown prosecutor ‘Aminasi Kefu requested the delay to allow additional information to be prepared by Police.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Internal Affairs and her husband former cabinet minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu appeared before Magistrate Mafi.

They were charged after irregularities uncovered in a 2016 audit of the ‘Unuaki ‘o Tonga Royal Institute, of which Mrs Lavulavu was a director.

‘Etuate was the founder of the school.

They were ordered to reappear in court on May 26.

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