25 Apr 2008

Pohiva says government and judiciary should take note of Tonga election outcome

3:30 pm on 25 April 2008

The veteran Tonga democracy campaigner, Akilisi Pohiva, says the government and the judiciary need to take heed of the outcome of this week's election.

Mr Pohiva was again the top polling candidate on Tongatapu with more than 11,000 votes.

He and four other successful pro-democracy candidates are to stand trial for sedition later this year in relation to the riots in 2006, after the Government had made clear it blamed them for inspiring the destruction.

It has characterised the pro-democracy movement as an out of touch minority but Mr Pohiva says the election result shows that is not the case.

"I think it is important for the court of justice to look at it, to consider, and also Government. We still have the support of the majority of the people. The message behind that is that we are innocent - that is how I look at it. If we choose to be tried by jury I have no doubt in my mind that the jury, the members of the jury will find us not guilty."

Akilisi Pohiva