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Tonga’s Speaker of Parliament involved in suspicious money transfers

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Former Speaker of Parliament of Tonga Lord Tu’ivakanō and his wife Joyce Robin Kaho have been listed by the Tonga National Reserve bank as being involved in suspicious money transfers.

The list comprises 15 people who have transferred money overseas, including former Acting Chief Secretary to Cabinet ‘Aholotu Palu, reports Kaniav News. Lord Tu’ivakanō and his wife’s names were first on the list.

Caretaker Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva gave copies of the list to local media in a press conference last week. Pōhiva said the names on the list were people suspected of money laundering.

The Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Dr Ngongo Kioa, said the list had been created after the bank noticed these people transferred huge amounts of money overseas.

He said the bank was suspicious of the amounts of money transferred by these people.