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107 convicted of crimes in Tongan riots
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15:05, March 05, 2009

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A total of 107 people were convicted of offenses relating to the Tongan riots of Nov. 16, 2006, the Matangi Tonga online newspaper reported on Thursday.

Tongan acting Solicitor General Aminiasi Kefu made the revelation at a recent National Conference on Reconciliation and Civic Education in Nuku'alofa.

Kefu said out of a total of 303 accused who were charged with 16/11 offenses, the Crown had withdrawn 26 cases, 18 were acquitted, 3 were remitted to the Magistrate's Court.

Thirty-one cases were still awaiting trial and 118 were undergoing an adult diversion program, a prosecution scheme to give adult offenders another chance.


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