20 Aug 2012

Tonga's former speaker to appeal conviction in October

6:54 am on 20 August 2012

In Tonga, an appeal by the fromer speaker, Lord Lasike, against his conviction on unlawful possession of ammunitions without a license will be heard in October.

Last month, the Chief Justice Michael Scott convicted Lord Lasike on the one count of possession of two .22 ammunitions without a license after a day and a half of trial.

He was fined over 280 US dollars and had 42 days to appeal under the law.

A week later, King Tupou VI revoked Lord Lasike as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and he lost his seat in parliament.

The Supreme Court has listed his appeal to be heard during the second session of the Court of Appeal that will sit from the 2nd to the 12th of October.

Matangi Tonga online says he will be represented by Dr Rodney Harrison QC of New Zealand.