Police are investigating the alleged murder of a British tourist who has been found dead in his Djerba home. The man was found dead on Friday, after appearing to have been strangled, police said.
According to the spokesperson for the trial court in Mednine, Abdelmajid Lachib, the deceased had been engaged in a sexual relationship with two young Tunisian men, aged 18 and 21, both of whom were arrested in connection with the man’s death. According to Lachib, all were engaged in a relationship, “contrary to morality.”
The motivation for the killing remains unknown.
According to human rights advocacy group Damj, there have been 15 reported murders motivated by homophobia since 2011, 9 of which involved foreigners. Foreigners living on their own who are known to be gay have been targeted in the past for theft, according to Mounir Baatour, a lawyer representing gay rights pressure group Shams.
Sources within Djerba police declined to comment on an ongoing investigation, and a spokesperson for the Ministry of the Interior was unable to be reached before the time of publication.