Manhunt for escaped prisoner in Tonga

Tongan authorities are asking for help in locating an inmate who escaped from Tongatapu’s Hu’atolitoli prison.

Hu’atolitoli prison

A search operation is currently underway at Tofoa town.

This has been confirmed to Kaniva News by the Tofoa town officer.

The officer has identified the prisoner as Uepi Latu of Tofoa.

No further details were released about Mr Latu.

The news comes after the Tofoa residents were on high alert after a prisoner escaped from the Hu’atolitoli prison in December.

Tongan authorities believed at the time the prisoner, Vaha Afimeimo’unga, 41, was hiding around at the Tofoa’s Lavengamālie area.

Afemeimo’unga was later arrested by His Majesty’s Prisons officers, at Fatai after being on the run for three days.

Tongan Prison Department could not be reached for comment.

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