28 Jul 2009

Five more Methodists appear in court in Fiji

5:34 pm on 28 July 2009

The Methodist Church in Fiji says five more of its members have been questioned by police and have appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon.

It follows the detention of more than a dozen Methodists in the past week, and the laying of charges against four church leaders who are alleged to have violated a meeting permit.

The police in Fiji could not be contacted to confirm the latest detentions, which come after the church defied the interim government's decision to ban its annual conference.

It is not clear if the five have been charged, but the church says they are due to reappear in court on Friday.