8 Oct 2010

PNG cult leader Tari convicted for raping girls

3:58 pm on 8 October 2010

Papua New Guinea's infamous so-called Black Jesus cult leader has been found guilty of raping young girls who belonged to his sect.

According to the Post Courier, the Madang National Court found failed Lutheran pastor Steven Tari guilty of four counts of rape, with sentencing to come later this month.

Tari was arrested in March 2007 after eluding police for more than a year by moving from village to village or hiding in remote mountain camps in the Transgogol area of Madang province.

Tari had thousands of village followers, including a core of armed warriors to protect him.

As part of his cult Tari preached the young girls were to be married to him as it was God's prophecy.