23 Jul 2009

Fiji's SDL President questioned about Methodist Church

11:51 am on 23 July 2009

The president of Fiji's ousted governing party says he was questioned about his party's relationship with the Methodist Church while he was detained by the military for several hours on Wednesday.

SDL Party President, Peceli Kinivuwai says he was questioned about his party's involvement in the conflict between the Methodist Church and the interim regime over the holding of its annual conference.

He says he told the military there is a clear line between the SDL and the church.

"We don't make decisions for the church. As members of the Methodist congregation here in Fiji, we are subject to the decisions of the hierarchy of the church. So if the church hierarchy decides that they are going to have the meeting, we even though we belong to this political party, we are duty bound to follow the decisions of the church."

Peceli Kinivuwai says he was released after about two hours and was treated well.

The Paramount Chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa from the Province of Rewa, has been detained after writing a letter in which she said her province will host the Methodist Church's annual conference, despite its cancellation by the interim government.