Tongan police on trial for Kiwi's death

Last updated 16:40 05/07/2013

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Three Tongan policemen will be tried for manslaughter of New Zealand police officer Kali Fungavaka.

Fungavaka was arrested outside a Nuku'alofa bar last August and allegedly beaten while in police custody. He died a week later.

Earlier this year a magistrate dismissed charges against three of six people accused of the assault but the Tongan Crown appealed to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Justice Charles Cato has accepted the appeal and ordered the three to face trial, the Matangi Tonga website has reported.

All six accused - five policemen and a civilian - were charged with manslaughter, with an alternative charge of grievous bodily harm. They will appear in court on August 5.

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