17 Nov 2005

Fijians on Bougainville training private militia got there on misionary visas

8:23 pm on 17 November 2005

It's been confirmed in Fiji that at least two of the nine Fijians who travelled to the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville to train a private militia entered the country on missionary visas.

Radio Fiji says the confirmation has come from Papua New Guinea's high commissioner in Suva, Peter Eafeare.

Mr Eafeare says Sam Baroi and Freddie Rakondi had applied in Suva for visas to do missionary work.

Their applications were supported by the Every Home for Christ Ministry in PNG.

Mr Eafeare says Mr Baroi and Mr Rakondi were issued three-month missionary visas in May and June.

He says if they have breached their visa conditions, they would be tried under PNG's immigration laws.

Mr Eafeare says all nine Fijian men will face the full brunt of the law if it can be proven that they were engaged in subversive activities.

Meanwhile, the Christian Mission Fellowship Church in Fiji is urging three of its members who are among the nine to return home.