2 Oct 2013

Tonga deputy speaker to stand trial on firearm charge

2:47 pm on 2 October 2013

A Tongan magistrate has committed the deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Lord Tu'iha'ateiho, to stand trial in the Supreme Court on a charge of possession of a firearm without a license.

Matangi Tonga reports that the magistrate, Salesi Mafi, has ruled there is sufficient evidence for a trial.

Lord Tu'iha'ateiho is expected to appear in court on October 28th.

He was first charged last year in relation to an semi-automatic pistol that was found by police in possession of an escaped prisoner who claimed it was stolen from the noble's home in 2010.