“Unnamed party” funding Tongasat unlikely to pay costs if it loses appeal, Lord Chief Justice says; orders security deposit

Kuo tu'utu'uni 'a e fakamaau lahi' ke totongi malu'i 'e he Tongasat ha pa'anga $15,,000 ki he fakamaau'anga' ki mu'a pea toki lava ke hoko atu 'enau tangi'. Ko e tangi 'eni 'a e kautaha satelaite ne fokotu'u 'e Pilinisesi Pilolevu' hili ha tu'utu'uni 'a e fakamaau lahi' he ta'u kuo 'osi' na'e ta'efakalao hono 'ave 'o e pa'anga 'e $90 miliona mei Siaina na'e taumu'a mai ki he fonua' mo e pule'anga' ki he kautaha Tongasat. Pehē 'e he fakamāu' 'oku mo'oni 'a 'Akilisi Pōhiva kapau 'e iku e tangi' 'o toe fo'i 'a e Tongasat pea 'e malava ke kalo 'a e kautaha kuo 'ikai fakahā hono hingoa' 'o pehē ko kinautolu ne nau fakapa'anga e tangi ko 'eni 'a e Tongasat, 'i hano 'eke atu ke nau totongi e fakamole 'o e hopo'.

An unnamed party was standing behind Tongasat and funding its appeal against a ruling that the transfer of nearly US$50 million to the company was illegal, the Supreme Court has been told. Lord Chief Justice Paulsen said he inferred this from the evidence placed before him and was one of the factors in ordering Tongasat…


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