Princess Ashika: Tongan law lord arrested

With information from FAIRPLAY

LORD Ramsay Dalgety, secretary of Tonga’s Shipping Corp of Polynesia, became the third official arrested in last year’s sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika, which killed 74 people.

Dalgety, a Scotsman who moved to Tonga in 1991 and was made a law lord in 2008 by King George Tupou V, was arrested late on Friday.

Dalgety was making his first appearance since 22 January, after citing ill-health. In his earlier evidence, Dalgety admitted Princess Ashika was a “rustbucket” but denied revising a memorandum of agreement for purchasing the vessel.

“I’m not going to be the fall guy for signing this contract or agreeing to it,” he said.

The 37-year-old vessel capsized in calm conditions during a voyage from Tongan capital Nuku’alofa.

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