12 Apr 2013

Three, including a police commander, to go to trial for death of New Zealand policeman

7:13 am on 12 April 2013

Three of the six men accused of manslaughter in Tonga after the death of New Zealand police officer, Kali Fungavaka, will go to trial in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court.

Mr Fungavaka died in hospital six days after allegedly being beaten in a police cell soon after he was taken into custody on a drunkenness offence.

Matangi Tonga reports that two are police officers, Inspector Kelepi Hala'ufia and Constable Salesi Maile, along with a civilian, Semisi Manu.

Three other police constables have had charges of manslaughter dropped after Magistrate Salesi Mafi found the evidence against them was insufficient and vague.