Top NZ cop to lead Tongan police
A top New Zealand police inspector who headed 2011 Rugby World Cup security is to become the Tongan Police Commissioner.
Grant O'Fee will take up the post in July, Police Minister Sunia Fili told Matangi Tonga website today.
He follows in the footsteps of another New Zealander, Chris Kelley, who headed the Tongan police.
His contract was not renewed following complaints from Tongan officers about foreigners heading the police force.
Kelley departed Tonga last August and a local officer, Taniela Faletau, has since been Tonga's Acting Police Commissioner.
The late King George Tupou V publicly expressed support for Kelley in the officer rebellion.
Tonga has had a number of major law and order issues including the 2006 riots which destroyed the capital Nuku'alofa and the 2009 sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika with the loss of 74 lives.
Tonga also retains the death penalty for murder but it is usually commuted to life imprisonment.
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