Reports say Pōhiva and PSA win against Tongasat US$25 million illegal transfer court case

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva and PSA have won a major court case against Tongasat company which took US$25,450,000 from government.

It is understood the Supreme Court has ruled that the payment of the money to Princess Pilolevu’s satellite company was illegal.

The Minister of Police Mateni Tapueluelu told Kanva News this evening he has just received a report from Prime Minster ‘Akilisi Pōhiva about the outcome of the legal battle.

The money was paid by the Republic of China to the Government of Tonga in May 2011 and was paid to Tongasat in around June of that year.

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva argued that the payment was unlawful within the meaning of the Public Finance Management Act.

Hon Pohiva, who began the case in 2013 when he was in opposition, wanted Tongasat and the Princess to pay back the money to the government.

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