US citizen wanted in Tonga

Tonga submits extradition request for US murder suspect

The Attorney General's Office said it made the submission for his return so that he can be tried for the murder of his wife Patricia Linne Kearney in Vava'u.

Last month, Mr Fletcher was handed over to federal authorities by American Samoan police after he had fled to the territory on his yacht.

Mr Fletcher was determined a flight risk and danger to the community, and was remanded in custody in Honolulu.

Tonga's extradition request is expected to be considered by US Attorneys to the US Federal District Court in Honolulu, on January 10.