24 Jul 2009

Charges silence Fiji church conference organisers

10:57 am on 24 July 2009

A Fiji court order has silenced the paramount chief Ro Teimumu Kepa and two top Methodist Church ministers after it charged them with defying the Public Emergency Regulation over their plans to organise the church's annual conference next month.

Ro Teimumu and the church president, the Reverend Ame Tugaue, and the secretary general, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, are now on bail to appear in court in three weeks.

Matelita Ragogo reports.

"In the next 21 days, they are not allowed to have any meetings, they are not allowed to be seen in public or conduct anything that might be construed to be a meeting. They had to surrender all their travel documents, and Ro Teimumu in particular, she is not to publish any other material pertaining to the annual conference of the Methodist church."