A guilty plea has been filed in the murder of a Tongan human rights activist.

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Polikalepo “Poli” Kefu, a Tongan human rights activist, died as a result of the actions of one individual.

Poli Kefu’s death was investigated and charged in May by Inoke Siolongo Filivaolelei Tonga.

On Thursday, the 27-year-old pled guilty in Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

On October 6th, he will be sentenced.

Matangi Tonga reported Poli Kefu died after being hit with a rock.

Polikalepo Kefu

Polikalepo Kefu Photo: Supplied

It said Poli Kefu, who hailed from Lapaha, was not only a respected Tonga Red Cross communications officer, but was president of the Tonga Leitis Association.

He was also recognised for his work as a LGBTQIA+ rights advocate in Tonga and the region.

The accused, Tonga, who was living in Halaleva at the time of the incident, is originally from Fungamisi, Vava’u.


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