1 Oct 2012

Tonga hearing for six charged with manslaughter

5:45 pm on 1 October 2012

Six men charged with manslaughter in Tonga over the killing of a New Zealand police officer, Kali Fungavaka, are to appear in court again on 2 November.

An administrative magistrates' court hearing for the six - five of whom are police officers - wa sheld in Nuku-alofa on Monday.

Tonga's solicitor-general, Aminiasi Kefu, says that at the November hearing the accused can choose to have a deposition hearing or go directly to trial in the Supreme Court.

All the defendants remain on bail.