12 Mar 2010

Final submissions readied in Tonga's Ashika probe

1:26 pm on 12 March 2010

Lawyers begin their final submissions to the commission of inquiry into the sinking of the Tonga inter-island ferry, Princess Ashika, tonight.

The inquiry into the disaster began in late October last year after the vessel sank on August the 5th with the loss of 74 lives.

Our correspondent in Tonga, Mateni Tapueluelu, says the final submission process is expected to extend into next week with a number of lawyers wanting to speak for their clients with regard to the seven terms of reference.

"And the two main ones of course, firstly whether there is anybody liable criminally, and the second one is whether anyone is responsible civilly for the damages that have been caused. Those are the two major ones that lawyers are expected to give their submission on."

Mateni Tapueluelu, reporting from Nuku'alofa