Tonga

Tonga is a Polynesian country, and also an archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited by not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Outpouring of grief after alleged murder of leading Tongan LGBTQI activist- Police have charged a man for the killing of Polikalepo Kefu, a lifelong advocate for the queer community across the Pacific. Police in Tonga are investigating the death of one of the country’s leading LGBTQI+ activists after his body was found on a beach near his home in Tongatapu, Tonga’s main island. A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Polikalepo Kefu, 41. Kefu, who was affectionately known as “Poli”, was the president of Tonga Leitis Association, an organisation dedicated to the country’s LGBTQ+ communities, providing support services, advocacy, and education on HIV-Aids. “Police have charged a 27-year-old man from Fungamisi Vavaú, residing at Halaleva, with murder in relation to the death of 41-year-old Polikalepo Kefu of Lapaha on Saturday 1st of May 2021,” said Tongan police in a statement. “The 27-year-old accused surrendered himself to police last Saturday night and is remanded in custody to appear at the magistrate court today … This is a tragic event, and our thoughts are with Mr Kefu’s family, friends and wider community.” Tonga Police declined to comment on whether they suspected Kefu’s death was a hate crime. <SNIP> LINK

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