17 July 2012. His Majesty King Tupou VI under Clause 61(2) (c) of the Constitution has revoked Lord Lasike's appointment as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga effective immediately.
This was conveyed in a letter to Havea Hikule'o Tu'uhetoka on the 17th of July 2012. The letter advised Havea Hikule'o Tu'uhetoka that as a consequence of his Conviction on 9 July 2012 by the Supreme Court of an offence under section 4(2)(b) of the Arms and Ammunition Act which is an offence punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 5 years.
Under Clause 23 of the Constitution the decision was effective from the date of his conviction and he is no longer an elected representative to the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.
Issued by the: Office of the Legislative Assembly, Tongan Parliament, Nuku'alofa, July 2012.