15 May 2009

Fiji police detain church leader

4:31 pm on 15 May 2009

Fiji police have confirmed they have detained the head of the country's leading church, saying he has flouted the military regime's emergency regulations.

Police say they are questioning former Methodist Church president Rev Manasa Lasaro.

Rev Lasaro, a conservative nationalist, supported the indigenous Fijian cause in the coups of 1987 and 2000.

He has been at the forefront of the Methodist Church's opposition to the coup in December 2006.

Police say Rev Lasaro has been taken into custody for breaching emergency regulations imposed by Commodore Frank Bainimarama after his regime revoked the constitution and sacked the judiciary in April.