21 Sep 2010

Tonga chief magistrate Palu dies

1:30 pm on 21 September 2010

Tonga's Chief Police Magistrate Samiu Palu died suddenly on Saturday, after collapsing at his plantation on Tongatapu.

Mr Palu had been a magistrate for over 20 years.

Matangi Tonga says his sudden death leaves the Tonga lower courts with just three magistrates, compared with the 10 who presided over hearings last year.