14 January 2011.
The Hon. 'Isileli Pulu was appointed as the new Minister for Tourism by the Lord Prime Minister, Lord Tu'ivakano earlier this year.
'Isileli Pulu is a Tongan politician and Member of the Tongan Parliament. He is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Movement and the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.
Pulu was first elected to Parliament for the island of Tongatapu at the 2002 election.bHe had previously run in the 1999 election, but was unsuccessful.
In 1999 Pulu was convicted of defamation and fined $1,500 for a letter to the Times of Tonga.
In 2002 Pulu was charged with sedition and forgery over the publication of a letter claiming king Taufa'ahau Tupou IV had a secret fortune. He was acquitted by a jury in may 2003.In 2003, he challenged then-Police Minister Clive Edwards' use of police housing.He also opposed government plans for a media clampdown aimed at preventing criticism from the Times of Tonga.
After the 2006 Nuku'alofa riots Pulu was accused of encouraging the riot and inciting two men to burn down the Shoreline building, in which eight people were killed. He was arrested in January 2007 and charged with abetting murder and arson, and sedition. He was acquitted of the former charges by a jury in July 2008. The sedition charges against him and a number of other pro-democracy MPs were dismissed in September 2009.
Pulu was elected to the seat of Tongatapu 4 in the 2010 elections.Following the election and selection of a Prime Minister he accepted the position of Minister of Tourism in the new Cabinet.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2011.