DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS TO FACE TRIAL IN TONGA

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NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (August 19, 2002 – Radio New Zealand International)---A lower court in Tonga has decided that there is enough evidence to take a sedition case against a group of politicians and journalists to the Supreme Court.

MPs ‘Akilisi Pohiva and Isileli Pulu, Kele‘a journalist Po‘oi Pohiva, and the editor of the Taimi O Tonga newspaper, Mateni Tapueluelu, face a combined total of 14 charges of sedition and knowingly dealing with a forged document.

The charges relate to the publishing of an allegedly forged letter that claimed King Taufa‘ahau Tupou IV had a secret bank account containing millions of dollars.

The Supreme Court will meet on Oct. 4 to decide a date for the trial.

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