Arrest made after Kelekolio Tapueluelu was assaulted in Nukuʻalofa

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Kelekolio Tapueluelu. Photo/Kaniva Tonga News

A 49-year-old man has been arrested and detained by Police after an assault in Nukuʻalofa yesterday.

Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell has confirmed “Police took necessary precautions to protect the safety of Kelekolio Tapueluelu following a complaint of assault that occurred yesterday Wednesday 15 June 2017”.

Police made the arrest today at 1:00pm and the suspect is remanded in police custody, Caldwell said.

As Kaniva News reported yesterday Tapueluelu was in Tonga last week on a mission to push for the government to bring back the Pacific Games to Tonga.

He told Prime Minister ʻAkilisi Pohiva during a press conference on Monday which was open to the public he would continue to “fakahohaʻasi” (disturb) him until his decision to withdraw Tonga from hosting the Games be reverted.

Tapueluelu told the Prime Minister he did not care if his move would cost him his life.

In response Hon. Pohiva said he can go ahead and do what he wanted to do.

Reports said Tapueluelu was allegedly injured during an altercation with another man Onitulei Manu at One Way road in Nukuʻalofa yesterday.

Police inquiries continue.

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