6 Aug 2013

Not guilty pleas in Tonga's Fungavaka trial

1:29 pm on 6 August 2013

The men accused of the manslaughter of a New Zealand police officer, Kali Fungavaka, have pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Tonga.

Kali Fungavaka died in August last year from injuries received while in Police custody.

The six accused men, including five policemen, are each charged with manslaughter and an alternative charge of grevious bodily harm.

The police commissioner in Tonga, Grant O'Fee, says a trial date is yet to be set.

"The Court is just waiting to sort out, there's issues whether it will be a judge alone or a judge and jury, I think they've adjourned it for a week, just to give them time to work through that issue because if some of them want a judge alone and some of them want a jury, there's obviously some issues that need to be worked out by the court."

Tonga's police comissioner, Grant O'Fee.