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Tonga's Attorney General quits accusing Govt of protecting cronies

Tonga's Attorney General quits accusing Govt of protecting cronies

Posted 30 April 2010, 19:22 AEST

Tonga's Attorney General quit on Friday in a blaze of publicity, accusing the Government of interfering in the judiciary.

John Cauchi says the Government has abolished the Judicial Services Commission which appoints judges, and has already installed a judge without going through proper independent procedures.

Pro-democracy leaders say Tonga is becoming a dictatorship. Outgoing Attorney General John Cauchi says cabinet also blocked the appointment of two independent special prosecutors who's job would've been to investigate a fatal ferry disaster, which may have led to the prosecution of a number of high profile cabinet ministers.

Presenter: Paul Allen

John Cauchi, Former Tongan Attorney General; Fred Sevele, Tonga Prime Minister; Akilisi Pohiva, Tongan pro-democracy movement leader; Professor Bill Hodge, Auckland University Law Faculty

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