3 Mar 2010

Tonga papers admonished for comments about judiciary

2:45 pm on 3 March 2010

Tonga's Talaki and Taimi O Tonga newspapers have been warned by the Attorney General over coverage of allegations that the Chief Justice had either put pressure on someone to sign his contract or that he and the former Justice Minister had colluded to subvert the constitution.

The newspapers had been referring to letters sent and received by the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, which had been presented at the Royal Commission into the sinking of the Princess Ashika.

Mr Cauchi says he has had access to all of the relevant details and says the allegations are incorrect and without foundation.

He says the publication may have the effect of diminishing the integrity of the judiciary in Tonga and he has warned the two papers.