Tonga’s king has been given a date in an American court
to sue his one time court jester for $50 million.
The case, likely to offer a sensational look into the
secret goings on of the Tongan royal family, will be in the US District Court,
San Francisco, on December 1, Radio and TV Tonga reported.
Two years ago King Taufa’ahau Tupou appointed Jesse Bogdonoff,
a one-time bank clerk and latterly a leader of a Japanese Buddhist group, as
his court jester.
He also gave him control of the Tonga Trust Fund that
the king had set up in a low interest bearing account in California to hold
the proceeds of the sale of Tongan citizenship and passports to foreigners,
including then exiled Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda.
Never give a jester access to a bank account.