Seven Tongan MPs and Cabinet Ministers on trial for alleged illegal election campaign financing

    Tonga Parliament. Photo/Tonga Parliament

    A former Prime Minister and six other MPs have faced accusation of overspending and bribery allegations after Tonga 2021 general election.

    They appeared in court today March 31.

    The lawsuits have been brought against them by the PTOA Party.

    The accused MPs are Tēvita Puloka of Tongatapu 1, MP Dr Pingi Fasi of Tongatapu 2, Minister of Finance and MP for Tongatapu 4 Tatafu Moeaki, MP ‘Aisake Eke of Tongatapu 5, Minister of Internal Affairs and MP for Tongatapu 7  Sangstar Saulala and former Prime Minister and MP for Tongatapu 10 Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa.

    It is understood witnesses in the alleged illegal financing cases began giving evidence in court today.

    Hon Saulala is expected to answer questions from one of the plaintiffs’ legal representatives, his unsuccessful rival candidate Paula Piveni Piukala, tomorrow.  

    The elections in November 2021 saw major losses for the PTOA Party included Siaosi Pōhiva, Sēmisi Sika, Māteni Tapueluelu, Mo’ale Fīnau and Losaline Mā’asi.


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