4 Feb 2010

28 Fiji Methodist church leaders now facing charges for holding allegedly illegal meetings

4:16 pm on 4 February 2010

The Methodist Church in Fiji says 19 of its ministers have this week become subjects of interest in ongoing police investigations into the church allegedly holding illegal meetings.

Nine ministers and officials from the church were charged in July with breaching the public emergency regulations by organising church meetings.

The Deputy General Secretary Reverend Tevita Bainivanua says 16 of its ministers, including himself, have been charged this week.

He says three others, who are overseas, are expected to be questioned at a later date.

"We're not happy about it. That's what we are saying because the case has never reached court, I mean the actual case until now, a pre-trial conference. And it is costing us money."

Tevita Bainivanu says this has brought the total number of Methodist Church ministers involved in the case to 28.