TONGA POLITICAL CANDIDATE CHARGED WITH THEFT

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Mafi charged with embezzlement

NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Nov. 1, 2010) - Christopher Mafi and 'Alunga Katoa appeared at the Fasi Magistrate's Court this morning, November 1 facing three counts each of embezzlement and theft of travel expenses.

The two men who work for a travel agency Kalia Travel in Ma'ufanga made their first court appearance before Magistrate Pita Soakimi.

The two embezzlement counts and one count of theft for each accused relates to 13,200 pa’anga [US$7,000] of a customer's travel expenses.

The Magistrate adjourned the case to 8 February, 2011 for the preliminary inquiry to begin at the Fasi Magistrate's Court.

The pair was charged after a complaint was received that booked tickets had, in fact, not been booked for a family who found themselves in a situation where they were stranded overseas.

One of the accused, Christopher Mafi of Ma'ufanga, is currently registered as a candidate for the Tongatapu 4 constituency in the November 25 general election.

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