Two Tongan police officers and a prison inmate have been ordered to stand trial for the manslaughter of a New Zealand police officer last year.
Preliminary court hearings into the death of a New Zealand policeman in Tonga will continue today.
The charging of five Tongan police officers with the manslaughter of a Kiwi policeman has been described as a “terrible state of affairs”.
Five Tongan police officers have now been charged with manslaughter over the killing of an Auckland policeman.
A high ranking officer is among three more Tongan policemen charged with the manslaughter of a New Zealand policeman.
Two Tongan police officers charged with assaulting a New Zealand police officer who later died have been released on bail.
Constable Kali Fungavaka was being farewelled in Auckland by more than 1,000 mourners - including 200 fellow officers.
Two police officers charged with common assault in relation to the death of a police officer in Tonga have had their charges upgraded to manslaughter.
The Tongan police commissioner says two police officers charged with assaulting a New Zealand police officer who later died may have charges against them upgraded.
A Tongan judge has questioned why two Tongan policeman have not been charged with the murder of New Zealand policeman, who was fatally bashed after being arrested in Nuku'alofa earlier this month.
Three men - including two Tongan police officers - are expected to appear in court today over the beating and death of a New Zealand policeman.
South Auckland constable Kali Fungavaka died after he was beaten while in police custody, following his arrest for a minor drunkenness offence in the Tongan Capital, Nuku'alofa, last week.
There were tears and sadness as police officers fondly remembered their colleague who died in Tonga yesterday.
Tongan police say manslaughter or murder charges may be laid against a prisoner after a New Zealand policeman was fatally bashed in a Nuku'alofa cell.
A New Zealand police officer has died after being assaulted in a Tongan police cell.
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