TONGA RUGBY CHAIRMAN CHARGED IN NOVEMBER RIOTS

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Police have so far charged eight pro-democracy activists in relation to the November 16 riots.

The latest is Tonga Rugby Football Union Board chairman Sangstar Saulala who was detained and later released on bail on February 23. Saulala is better known for his day job as head of the Oceania Broadcasting Commission -- the television station most vocal in its campaign in support of pro-democracy leaders.

So far, the high profile arrests have included four Members of Parliament: Peoples’ Representatives ‘Akilisi Pohiva, ‘Isileli Pulu, William Clive Edwards, and Lepolo Taunisila.

Others include three well-known business operators - Tu’i Uata, Semisi Sika, and ‘Ofa Simiki.

Sangstar has been charged with sedition, unlawful assembly and riot.

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