2 Mar 2010

Tonga's Dalgety charged with perjury after giving evidence at Ashika inquiry

12:07 pm on 2 March 2010

In Tonga, the Company Secretary of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia, Lord Ramsay Dalgety has been charged with perjury following his arrest on Friday after giving evidence at the Ashika Inquiry.

Deputy Police Commander, Taniela Faletau, confirmed on Matangi Tonga online, that Lord Dalgety was released on Friday evening but on the condition that he remains under house arrest until a bail hearing set for tomorrow.

Taniela Faletau also confirmed that the arrest was made on a charge of perjury but he did not want to further comment on the details as the matter is now with the court.

However, it was understood from those present at the time of Lord Dalgety's arrest, that the perjury charge was in relation to his evidence given at the Ashika Inquiry.

Meanwhile, the Ashika Captain Maka Tuputupu who has been charged with five counts of taking a passenger ferry out to sea, knowing that it was unseaworthy appeared in court yesterday.

His case was adjourned to a future date.