Trial date set for Sione Filipe Jr and co-accused in illicit drug cases

    A February trial date has been set for Sione Filipe Jr who was arrested and charged with possession of illicit drugs and firearms.

    Crown Law office has confirmed on Friday a trial date had been set for February 6, local media reported.

    He will appear together with co-accused Siua Sekona for arraignment.

    Sekona has been also charged along with him in charges relating to the seizure of 242 grams of cannabis seeds brought into Tonga, at Fua’amotu International Airport in March 2019.

    Sekona, who lived in the United States was arrested while visiting Tonga and released on bail.

    Filipe was facing counts of illicit drug importation as well as firearms and ammunition charges.

    The 34-year-old, was charged after Quarantine Officers at Fua’amotu International Airport intercepted 242.22 grams of cannabis seeds.

    Police said at the time a search warrant executed at the Filipe’s residence in Tofoa resulted in the seizure of another 85.33 grams of cannabis liquid, together with illegal firearms and ammunition.

    It said the accused had been charged with the unlawful importation of illicit drugs, unlawful possession of illicit drugs, possession of firearms and ammunition without a license and making a false declaration on arrival card.

    He was subsequently released on bail.

    Filipe Jnr, who is also known as Johnny Filipe, married Princess Pilolevu and Lord Tuita’s second youngest daughter, Hon. Frederica Fatafehi ‘O Lapaha, who is a niece of king Tupou VI.



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