9 Apr 2010

Tonga government endorses Ashika report

1:06 pm on 9 April 2010

The Tongan government has endorsed the recommendations of a Royal Commission of Inquiry's report on the ferry Princess Ashika's sinking, in which 74 people were drowned last August.

The report, which the Commission presented to the King and Privy Council just over a week ago, identified systemic and individual failings by those in authority in buying a boat that was clearly unseasworthy and allowing it to be used in Tongan waters.

In an official statement on the report, the government says it's satisfied that all of the report's recommendations should be addressed by the appropriate agencies as soon as possible.

It says the law should be permitted to take its course in issues of criminal and civil liability.

The statement notes the government's satisfaction with its cooperation with the Commission's investigation, despite what it describes as the Commission's misleading and unhelpful inference to the contrary.