Tonga 'treason' warning

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The Independent Online
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NUKU'ALOFA (AFP) - Tonga's pro-democracy politicians were yesterday accused of treason and trying to create revolution by the Police Minister, 'Akau'ola. In a nationwide, 52-minute broadcast on state-owned radio, Mr 'Akau'ola, who is also Tonga's hangman, pointedly reminded people what the penalty was for treason - 'the punishment is death or to be sentenced to prison for the rest of (the traitors') lives,' he said.

His speech was part of campaigning for elections today and tomorrow for the Legislative Assembly.