22 Jul 2017

Another Tongan Police officer suspended

2:41 pm on 22 July 2017
The Central Police Station in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa.

The Central Police Station in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa. Photo: RNZI/Gareth Thomas

A police officer has been suspended in Tonga -- the ninth this year.

The TBC reports the police minister, Mateni Tapueluelu, saying the suspension was because the officer was drunk and had allegedly committed a crime.

The officer is waiting to appear in court.

Mr Tapueluelu said all police officers should follow protocol and no one is above the law.

He also reaffirmed a commitment to addressing concerns about corruption among senior officers, but said evidence was required.

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