16 May 2007

Tongan MPs in hearings over possible supreme court riot trial

3:13 pm on 16 May 2007

The hearing of a preliminary inquiry for the five People's Representatives in Tonga continues today.

The prosecution called three more witnesses to give evidence at the Nuku'alofa Magistrate's Court, on the events leading up to the November the 16th riot.

Our correspondent in Tonga, Mateni Tapueluelu, reports.

"The preliminary hearing is going on today. It has been going on for sometime but yesterday was a good for the People's Representative they had about fourteen tickets struck out after their lawyer argued against its validity but that's not all the tickets they had so they are continuing with the rest. So the actual preliminary hearing inquiry are calling in witnesses cross examining is going on now and it will take sometime before it is finished. We must make it clear that these are preliminary inquires so if the magistrate find out there is a case to be looked at by the supreme court and then it will move up to the supreme court."

Mateni Tapueluelu.