Supreme Court dismisses all charges after evidence of false testimony and beatings by prison officers

    Kei 'asi 'a e tō'onga 'ikai fakasivilaise mei he kau sela' hono tā 'o e kau pōpula fakamālohi'i ke nau lea 'o iku loi ai ha ni'ihi pōpula ke nau hao mei he fa'ahinga tautea fakamamahi ko 'eni 'oku kei fai 'i Tonga'. Kuo tuku ange ‘e Fakamaau Lahi Laki Niu ‘a Saimone Vaka mei he tukuaki’i na’a ne fai ha hia fakasōtoma ‘i pilīsone. Na’e toe mahino ne tā ‘e he kau sela’ ‘a Vaka pea pehē ki he toko taha lāunga’ ko Lisiate Lakalaka. Na’e hola ‘a Lakalaka mei he pilīsone pea ‘i hono ma’u’ ne tā ia ‘e he kau sela’ ke lea ko e hā ne hola ai’. Pea ne tala ‘e ia tokua ne fakasōtoma’i ia ‘e Vaka. Ne ‘omi mo Vaka ‘o faka’eke’eke ki he tukuaki’i ‘a Lakalaka pea kalo ia. Ka ne iku tā ai mo ia pea ‘i he tōtu’a ‘a e taa’ ne iku ‘o ne tala ai ‘e ia ko e mo’oni e tukuaki’i ‘a Lakalaka’. Na’e tuku ange fakamaau Niu ‘a Vaka ‘i he’ene tui ne hoko hono taa ke loi ai ka na’e ‘ikai mo’oni ‘a e tukuaki’i ko ‘eni’.

    The Supreme Court has dismissed all charges against a man charged with one count of common assault,  three counts of assault with intent to commit sodomy and three counts of sodomy. The court also found that Saimone Vaka had been beaten while in custody and had made a false confession in order to escape further…


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