Three to appear over policeman's death
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 7:21a.m.
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 was allegedly assaulted twice in Nuka'alofa - by officers and then an inmate - while in police custody last week.
He never regained consciousness.
The two officers will appear in Tonga today on assault charges, while the inmate - 23-year-old Kalisitiane Manu - is expected to be charged with murder.
Constable Fungavaka was last week fondly remembered by his New Zealand colleagues.
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27/08/2012 10:18:34 a.m.
Sita Sema wrote:
This tragedy makes me sick to my stomach. To hear that someone died while in a police custody whether he was a Tongan or from another country, it should never ever happened. Tonga, supposed to be well known as the friendly Island of the South Pacific and this tragedy happened in that friendly Island? This makes me so sad and so mad. Tongan government should used their money to trained and educate people who work for the Tongan government so that they represent Tonga island as it is "THE FRIENDLY ISLAND OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC". As of now, this is a false advertisement. I feel for Kali's family especially the wife and children. I am a Tongan and I am so mad. This should never ever happened to anyone while in Tonga if as they say, " IT IS A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY AND A VERY FRIENDLY ISLAND". Not so. Very sad and mad. Tongan citizen
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