18 Dec 2015

Tongan minister to find out fate next month

1:55 pm on 18 December 2015
An election petition filed against Tonga's Minister of Infrastructure, 'Etuate Lavulavu, for alleged illegal practices will be heard by a Supreme Court judge in July.

An election petition filed against Tonga's Minister of Infrastructure, 'Etuate Lavulavu, for alleged illegal practices will be heard by a Supreme Court judge in July. Photo: Facebook

The judicial fate of Tonga's Tourism Minister is expected to be delivered next month.

Matangi Tonga reports that final submissions have been presented, concluding the election bribery Supreme Court trial before the Chief Justice.

The trial heard an election petition filed against 'Etuate Lavulavu for corruption and illegal campaigning, including bribery, in the 2014 election.

The petitioners submitted that Mr Lavulavu had personally carried out road construction in Vava'u as part of his election campaign, while giving money to people the day before the election to induce votes.

Mr Lavulavu has denied all allegation of corruption and illegal campaigning.

The hearings ended after more than two weeks of sitting, during which there were two adjournments.

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