Tonga’s Attorney General Steps Down

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Tonga’s Attorney General Steps Down Adsett: It’s time for a Tongan lawyer to take over

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, June 20, 2014) – Tonga’s Attorney General Neil Adsett has announced he is stepping down, stating that, "I confirm that I am finishing up soon as Attorney General in Tonga. It is the right time now for a Tongan lawyer to take over, especially with important cabinet meetings, parliament sessions and elections later this year."

He stated that ‘Aminiasi Kefu, Tonga’s Director of Prosecutions, would be Acting Attorney General from June 26.

" ‘Aminiasi is well respected and experienced as a lawyer and government adviser," said Neil.

It is understood that Neil handed in his resignation to King Tupou VI earlier this month.

Neil has been Tonga’s Attorney General for the last two and half years and has been involved at times in Tongan law for over 25 years.

"It has been a privilege for me to be Tonga’s Attorney General, " he said. "I hope in time to continue to work in Tonga, perhaps keeping the laws up to date and I hope to be living here in Nuku’alofa for part of year."

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