22 Aug 2011

Fiji's Methodist Church meeting again today to discuss a demand some leaders stand down

7:07 am on 22 August 2011

The Methodist Church of Fiji will meet again today to discuss an apparent demand by the interim government that three church leaders stand down before the church's national conference starting tomorrow.

It's the first annual Methodist Church gathering in three years following a ban imposed by Commodore Frank Bainimarama's regime in 2009.

The deputy general secretary, Tevita Banivanua, says police phoned the church last Thursday singling out the reverend Ame Tugaue, the general secretary the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, and the reverend Manasa Lasaro.

Mr Banivanua says the reason the police gave is the three church leaders are facing court charges.

They have been charged with conducting a meeting which contravened the public emergency regulations.