20 Aug 2008

Tongan MPs' sediition trial postponed again

9:36 pm on 20 August 2008

The trial of five Tongan MPs charged with sedition has been postponed again.

The five, 'Akilisi Pohiva, 'Isileli Pulu, William Clive Edwards, 'Uliti Uata and Lepolo Taunisila challenged a decision by the Chief Justice in October 2007 to allow the Crown to file two more charges.

The country's acting solicitor-general confirmed that the five parliamentarians had been scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court last week, but said that because the Court of Appeal sat late, the judges needed more time to consider their decision.

If the Court of Appeal upholds the Chief Justice's ruling, the accused will face three charges each - sedition, abetment to a riotous assembly and abetment to the damage of buildings.

No date has been set on when the decision will be reached.