Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Teleni Orders Church Espionage Probe

FijiLive News 13 January, 2010

Fiji’s police chief Esala Teleni has ordered an investigation against members of the country’s Methodist Church hierarchy following espionage allegations by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

Police spokeswoman Ema Dimila told FijiLive that the Police Commissioner had ordered the setting up of a special task force to carry out the investigation against church figures.

Dimila said the probe would also involve “issues surrounding officers of the National Intelligence Bureau (formerly known as the Special Branch)”.

Local media reports have quoted Bainimarama as saying church ministers were paid by the Laisenia Qarase government to spy on the country’s military, of which he is commander.

Special Branch members were allegedly involved.

Bainimarama has announced that as a result, the church will not be allowed to hold its annual conference until 2014, when a new government coming in through elections that year can make a decision on the matter.

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