13 Jun 2006

Tonga protest court case adjourned

1:48 pm on 13 June 2006

The Nuku'alofa Magistrate Court in Tonga has adjourned the trial of 32 people charged in connection with disturbances during a pro-democracy march nearly two weeks ago.

On behalf of the accused, the lawyer Clive Edwards pleaded not guilty and asked Magistrate Salesi Mafi to set a date for a new hearing.

Magistrate Mafi then adjourned the case until July 18th.

The 32 are accused of interfering with the course of justice during the June first protest march, as well as failure to carry out quarterly licence of vehicles.

The march was led by promoters and leaders of the democracy movement, the Public Service Association as well as affiliated bodies and supporters.