Tuesday, July 28, 2009

3 Church Ministers, 2 Officials charged

3 Church Ministers, 2 Officials charged
www.fijivillage.com - 28/07/2009
Three Methodist Church Ministers and two church officials charged with participating in a church meeting in contravention of the Public Emergency Regulation, appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court in the last hour.
Reverend Sakaraia Koli, Reverend Apete Toko, Reverend Kalivati Ravoka, Ratu Inoke Seniloli, Livai Tuisagavere have been told not to attend any church meetings until their application for variation to bail conditions is heard on Friday. Their lawyer, Aseri Vakaloloma today wanted the court to clarify the bail conditions because these church ministers have to be in prayer meetings and lead their church services.Vakaloloma asked the court for clarification on which particular meeting should they attend because there are elements which may be political in their meeting.He made an application for variation of bail conditions, which will be heard on Friday.
DPP, John Rabuku then said that he just wants to make a point that so far the leaders of the Methodist Church have not shown good faith in every meeting of the church.Rabuku said in every meeting they should apply for a permit. He said until such time should they show good faith to the police and the military, it might be safer for the church to apply for a permit.Magistrate Eparama Rokoika ruled that from now until Friday the five should not attend any meetings, when the application is heard.Rabuku also said the charges in this matter will be amalgamated with the others charged last week. The application for variation to bail conditions will be heard by Magistrate Rokoika at 10am Friday.

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