Eight candidates for Tonga's April General Election have pending court cases

Updated at 9:55 am on 5 March 2008

Eight of the 71 candidates for Tonga's April General Election have been confirmed to have cases pending in court.

Matangi Tonga online reports they are five of the nine incumbent People Representatives, 'Akilisi Pohiva, 'Isileli Pulu, William Clive Edwards, 'Uliti Uata and Lepolo Taunisila.

The five members have been charged with sedition, following the 2006 riots, and their trial has been postponed from last November to August of this year.

Others candidates who have pending court cases relating to the riots include Sangstar Saulala who is running for Vava'u, 'Ofa Simiki who is running for Niua and Teisina Fuko who is running for Ha'apai.

In the meantime those who have pending court cases can still run for the election until they are proven guilty then they will be unseated from Parliament.

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