The two former Fiji soldiers being questioned by Papua New Guinea immigration authorities have told a local newspaper that they are missionaries in Bougainville spreading the word of God.
The two men spoke to The National newspaper in Buka shortly before they were flown to Port Moresby for questioning.
Feredi Rokodi claimed he was a United Church elder and was in Bougainville to minister to people in the Tonu area.
He also claimed to be checking if self-styled principal of the so-called Kingdom of Papala, Noah Musingku, was ready to pay Fiji investors who put money into the failed U-Vistract pyramid scheme.
Mr Rokodi told the paper he and Sammy Buruai hoped to return to Tonu after clarifying their position to officials in Port Moresby.