Lord Fakafanua, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly submitted the Illicit Drugs Control (Amendment) Bill 2021, which proposed the death penalty for certain offences. This included adding the death penalty for the offence of unlawful import and export of 5kg or more of a Class A illicit drug. It also added the death penalty on the third or consequent strike for any person who without lawful excuse supplies, administers, compels or engages, employs or uses a child for illicit drugs offences.
The Lord Speaker and the Legislative Assembly of Tonga wish to express their sincere condolences and offer their deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the late Hon Sione Vuna Fa'otusia. Prior to his passing, Hon Sione Vuna Fa'otusia had been a Member of the Legislative Assembly since 2014 as the People's Representative for Tongatapu 7 and was appointed as the Minister of Justice and Prisons until 2019. He also served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga until his resignation in 2020.