Coupfourpointfive has been told the former leader of the Methodist Church, the Reverend Manasa Lasaro, was released last night.
However interim Government spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel, Neumi Leweni, says he is still under investigation for a proposal made to the church hierarchy.
“The proposal appears to be against the rule of law and against Government,” says Lieutenant Colonel Leweni.
“We appeal especially to members of the Methodist Church who are preparing for their annual conference not to be misled by the few people who are trying to cause instability.
“Government fully understands and appreciates the importance of the annual conference to the church. However, Government will not hesitate to defer the conference indefinitely if the security forces suspect any motive to cause instability,” he said.
Lt-Col Leweni said the public must remember that many people including members of the Methodist Church were misled by political opportunists in 2000.
“People turned up in numbers at the Parliamentary Complex in 2000 on the misguided notion that they were fighting for indigenous rights. The Military, led by Commodore Bainimarama, had to rescue the nation in that year.
“We have been down this path before, but this time around Government and the security forces are more alert and will be pro-active in its collective efforts to keep the peace throughout the nation."
He said the attempts by individuals to go against Government and the rule of law are highly irresponsible because they will only delay the nation’s re-building process, and put people’s lives at risk.
“We have laws in the form of the decrees passed by His Excellency the President. This includes the public emergency regulations.
“We appeal to the public to respect the rule of law and don’t be easily misled by the antics of a few people who are trying to cause instability,” says Lieutenant Colonel Leweni.