Thursday, August 4, 2011

[pima.nius] Royal intervention in Tonga Police Commissioner issue

11:20 AM |

Royal intervention in Tonga Police Commissioner issue

Updated August 4, 2011 16:47:31

Tonga's monarch has intervened in the issue of the police commissioner not having his contract renewed.

The Lord Privy Seal ,Vainga Tone has told the Matangi Tonga website that cabinet did not have the legal power to not renewing the contract of Chris Kelley, a New Zealander who has led the Tonga Police for the past three years.

In a statement, Mr Tone said such a decision is made by the King with his Privy Council.

Mr Kelly has received widespread community support for overseeing a number of reforms of the police, but Police Minister Villiame Latu says it's time a Tongan headed the force.

Tongan journalist Pesi Fonua, says an intervention like this from the Palace is very significant.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Pesi Fonua, editor of the Matangi Tonga website


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