Six charged over cell death
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 6:12p.m.
By Amanda Gillies
Likio Peaua's grandson Kali Fungavaka was an Auckland policeman who was beaten to death - allegedly at the hands of five Tongan policemen.
On Monday the five policemen, including a senior inspector, will appear in court, charged with Mr Fungavaka's manslaughter.
A man who was in the cells the same night as Fungavaka faces the same charge. All are on bail.
Mr Fungavaka died in the Tongan hospital last month. He had just attended his other grandfather's funeral and was arrested on a minor disorder charge following a drinking session.
He was viciously beaten while in custody.
But today his grandfather said he wouldn't waste energy holding a grudge against those responsible.
“I forgive them,” says Mr Peaua.
The six accused were bailed at $1,400 each, and had to hand over their passports. They will appear in a Tongan court first thing Monday morning.
The country's solicitor general said there was great concern from all aspects of society for the case to be solved as soon as possible.
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13/10/2012 6:14:41 a.m.
We have read about Kali. How sad. This must have been difficult for everyone. Love ya, Porters
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