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Imran Khan: Pakistan's Supreme Court rules arrest was illegal

The court ordered Mr Khan's immediate release. His lawyers had argued that his detention from court premises in Islamabad on Tuesday was unlawful.

At least 10 people have been killed and 2,000 arrested as violent protests have swept the country since he was held.

BBC reports Tuesday's arrest escalated growing tensions between him and the military.

The opposition leader, ousted in a confidence vote in April last year, was brought to court on the orders of Pakistan's top judge.

Tonga's Tu'i'onetoa loses second electoral petition

He, along with three current cabinet ministers, already has a stay on earlier election petition losses.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent in Tonga, Kalafi Moala, said, as with the first petition, this one involved the provision of water tanks to voters, but was brought by a different petitioner.

"Of course the provision of water tanks is a little bit more serious. It's not like you are giving a box of chicken or giving a little cash, a water tank is worth 10,000 pa,anga," he said.

Political upheaval in Tonga

Each was found guilty in separate rulings made by Tonga's Supreme Court in the space of a week.

Successful election petitions filed against the former prime minister, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, and Internal Affairs Minister, Sangstar Saulala, found both men guilty of bribing voters while campaigning for the election last year.

A third MP, Tatafu Moeaki the People's Representative for Tongatapu 4, and Minister of Finance had his election declared void, in a judgment by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, a petition in Tonga to unseat MP, Tevita Puloka, has failed.

Tonga Cabinet Minister loses Parliament seat

Saulala was convicted of bribing voters during the election campaign period in November last year.

His election to the Tongatapu No.7 people's representative was declared void by the Chief Justice Monday.

RNZ Pacific reports in total seven MPs are facing accusations of bribery over the election, with four more cases to be decided this week.

One MPs has so far been exonerated by the Supreme Court.



Photo file Wikimedia  Caption: Minister for Internal Affairs, Sangster Saulala

Supreme Court rejects claim that Tongatapu No 2 election result was result of bribery

Sika was a Member of the Tongan Parliament from 2010 to 2021. He is currently leader of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.

Kaniva News reports Sika alleged that ‘Uhilamoelangi Fasi won the election by bribery.

Reporting restrictions placed on cocaine cases in Vava'u

There are 30 cases of defendants charged in relation to the seizure of the illicit drugs, some of which washed up on Vava'u beaches.

Justice Nicholas Cooper in a written 'Record of Call Over' said no detail concerning these cases is be reported at all.

He also made directions in regards to the progress of the cases.


Supreme Court declares Google's code copying fair

Oracle, another tech titan, had sued Google in 2010 for copyright infringement over what it said was copied computer code.

Android is now used in an estimated 70% of global smartphones, and damages could have run into the billions.

But the Supreme Court let Google off the hook, overturning a lower court's decision it had infringed copyright.

The court ruled six to two in favour of Google.

At issue was whether Google's use of Oracle's Java API - a widely-used "building block" for programmers - counted as "fair use" under US copyright law.

Tonga court sentences 3 for manslaughter after man dies in bar fight

The men were convicted on a range of charges following the death of Sione Feimoefiafi.

Justice Charles Cato said the accused and the deceased had been watching the final of an American football match in the Tali’eva Bar in Nuku’alofa on February 4, 2019. The match ended before the fight broke out in the late afternoon.

Kaniva News reports the fight lasted three minutes as it moved from inside the bar to the road.

“The bar had opened about 12pm and no doubt alcohol played a part in the irrational and brutal acts that followed,” the judge said.

Former head of Tonga's Revenue and Customs to be extradited to Fiji

Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield is charged with theft and dishonesty, crimes he's alleged to have committed while acting as head of the Oceania Customs Organisation in Fiji between 2011 and 2014.

Matangi Tonga reported Justice Laki Niu authorised the request made by the Fiji government for the return of the accused.

"I have read the record of the case in the present application of the government of Fiji and I agree with the learned magistrate that there is a sufficient case, on both charges, to commit the accused for trial on both charges," Justice Niu ruled.

Tonga Supreme Court orders national to be extradited to Fiji

Anisi Kulufeinga Bloomfield is alleged to have committed the offences while acting as Head of the Oceania Customs Organisation based in Fiji.

He had applied for habeas corpus to stop his return to Fiji but this was dismissed by the judge.

Justice Laki Niu said that Tonga has an Extradition Act, which authorises the request made by the Government of the Republic of Fiji for the return of the accused.