AG office remains mum on what legal advice Speaker got on suing two former PMs over Tongasat money

    'Oku taupotu 'i lalo ha fakamatala faka-Tonga

    The Attorney General’s office has still not responded to a request from Kaniva News about whether there were any legal grounds on which it could sue two former Prime Ministers over the illegal payment of TP$90 million to Princess Pilolevu and Tongasat.

    Acting Attorney General ‘Aminias Kefu was told the public raised the question with us after  the Supreme Court declared last month that Lord Sevele and Lord Tu’ivakanō had roles in the transfer of the unlawful payments.

    A proposal in Parliament on Monday by cabinet to sue former Prime Ministers Lord Sevele and Lord Tu’ivakanō for their involvements was yesterday passed on to the Law Committee.

    The Acting Speaker Lord Tu’ilakepa asked the House to help him in selecting a committee to look at the proposal.

    The Acting Speaker said he had received a confidential Cabinet decision, but it was in English and needed to be translated into Tongan.

    He did not say what was in the Cabinet decision.

    The Speaker also said he has sought the Acting Attorney General’s advice and had received a response.

    However, he did not say what the Acting Attorney General’s advice was.

    The Parliament was also told the Acting Attorney General should have given advice on the issue.

    Tongatapu 3 MP Siaosi Soveleni told the House the Acting Attorney General should advise the House on what they should do.

    He warned the House there could be a problem with the proposal because Lord Sevele was not a current member of Parliament.

    The government first revealed its decision to sue the former Prime Ministers on Monday.

    As Kaniva News reported, the Prime Minister told the House if they did not support the government’s proposal the issue would not go away and if they tried to suppress it, it would pop up elsewhere.

    The main points

    • The Attorney General’s office has still not responded to a request from Kaniva News about whether there were any legal grounds on which it could two former Prime Ministers over the illegal payment of TP$90 million to Princess Pilolevu and Tongasat.
    • The government revealed its decision to sue the former Prime Ministers on Monday.

    For more information

    Gov’t decision to sue former PMs in Tongasat TOP$90 m illegal payments revealed

     

    1 COMMENT

    1. Kei longo pe ‘ōfisi ‘Ateni Seniale’ hili e kole ‘e he Kaniva’ ke ne fakamahino pe ‘oku ‘i ai ha makatu’unga fakalao ke ne faka’ilo ai ‘a Looti Sevele mo Looti Tu’ivakanō.

      Kuo fakahā ‘eni ‘e he Sea Le’ole’o Fale Alea’ ‘aneafi na’a’ ne kole pea kuo’ ne ma’u ha fale’i ‘a e ‘Ateni Seniale’.

      Ne ‘ikai ke ne fakahā ko e hā ‘a e fale’i ko ia’.

      Ko e hili ia hono fakahā ‘e he pule’anga’ ‘i he Mōnite ‘enau fokotu’u ke poupou’i ‘e he Fale Alea ‘enau fokotu’u ke faka’ilo ‘a e ongo nōpele’ ni tu’unga he’ena ‘ave ta’efakalao ‘a e pa’anga ‘e $90 miliona ‘a e fonua’ ne ‘ofa mai mei Siaina’ ma’a Pilinisesi Pilolevu mo ‘ene kautaha Tongasat.

      Kuo paasi foki ‘a e fokotu’u faka’ilo ko ‘eni ‘a e pule’anga’ ki he kōmiti lao ‘a e Fale Alea’ ‘aneafi ke nau ngāue ki ai.

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