Thursday, February 04, 2010

15 ministers charged in fresh PER crackdown

Fiji police have arrested and charged 15 ministers of the Methodist Church with allegedly breaching the Public Emergency Regulations.

Assistant police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said the 15 men were questioned yesterday and released on bail by police.

He told FijiLive the group will appear in court in March.

“They are alleged to have been found in breach of the condition of the permit that was granted for the church’s standing committee meeting last year,” Sokomuri said.

Three other Methodist Church ministers are expected to be questioned later.

Eight other Methodist figures including church president, Reverend Ame Tugaue, general secretary Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu and former president Reverend Manasa Lasaro have appeared in court in a separate case on the same charges.

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