27 Feb 2010

Another official connected to Tonga's Princess Ashika ferry is arrested

11:11 am on 27 February 2010

In Tonga, the Secretary of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia Ltd, Lord Ramsay Dalgety, has been arrested.

Lord Dalgety was arrested after giving evidence to the Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Princess Ashika yesterday.

The vessel sank in August last year with the loss of 74 lives.

Matangi Tonga Online reports the police arrested Lord Dalgety and read out the warrant of arrest as he left the Convention Centre after a whole day of giving evidence.

The paper says he taken away in a police car to the police station for questioning.

The Deputy Police Commander, Taniela Faletau, would not comment on the arrest or confirm the nature of any charges that may have been made.

However he said the police would make a full statement on Monday.

Lord Dalgety is the third person arrested this week connected with the vessel, earlier in the week saw the arrests of Maka Tuputupu, the vessels captain, and New Zealander John Jonesse, the CEO of the Shipping Corporation of Polynesia.