Sione Filipe Jr

A court hearing against Princess Pilolevu’s son-in-law, who is facing drugs charges, has been adjourned.

Sione Filipe Jnr, 34, who is facing counts of illicit drug importation as well as firearms and ammunition charges, was scheduled to appear in Fasi Magistrate’s court on Monday, April 29.

It is understood the case has been held over until May 27.

Filipe Jnr was charged after Quarantine Officers at Fua’amotu International Airport intercepted 242.22 grams of cannabis seeds on March 30.

However, police did not reveal the arrest until April 18 after Kaniva news asked them to confirm reports that Filipe Jnr had been arrested and charged with the importation of illicit drugs. 

Police said a search warrant executed at the accused’s residence in Tofoa resulted in the seizure of another 85.33 grams of cannabis liquid, together with illegal firearms and ammunition.

It said the accused had been charged with the unlawful importation of illicit drugs, unlawful possession of illicit drugs, possession of firearms and ammunition without a license and making a false declaration on arrival card.

He was subsequently released on bail.

Filipe Jnr, who is also known as Johnny Filipe, married Princess Pilolevu and Lord Tuita’s second youngest daughter, Hon. Frederica Fatafehi ‘O Lapaha, who is a niece of king Tupou VI.

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As we reported previously, Frederica took to Facebook to defend her husband after Kaniva news broke the story.

Kaniva news stands by its story, which simply reported that Filipe Jnr had been arrested and charged with the illegal importation of drugs.

The validity of those charges is entirely a matter for the court.

The main points

  • New details have emerged of the drug related charges against a son-in-law of Princess Pilolevu and Lord Tuita have emerged,
  • Sione Filipe Jr, 34, who is facing counts of illicit drug, firearm and ammunition charges was scheduled to appear in court on April 29.
  • Filipe Jr was charged after Quarantine Officers at Fua’amotu International Airport intercepted 242.22 grams of cannabis seeds on March 30.

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