Two former Methodist church leaders appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon, a day after Rewa's paramount chief and the president and general secretary of the church were released on bail.
Reverends Manasa Lasaro and Tomasi Kanailagi appeared before magistrate Eparama Rokoika charged with participating in a meeting in contravention of the Public Emergecy Regulations.
It is alleged both attended last Friday's meeting of the Church Standing Committee.
Both were represented by lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma while the State was represented by DPP John Rabuku who as given 21 days to file disclosures.
Both were released on a bail of $500 each and will re-appear in Court on August 13th. The two clergies have ben ordered to surrender their passports to Court by Monday morning.
Magistrate Rokoika also ruled that both Lasaro and Kanailagi cannot attend the Church conference or a meeting that talks about politics.
The charging of the duo brings to five the number of Church clergies and a paramount chief being persecuted by the regime for being associated with moves to hold the annual conference to be hosted by Ro Teimumu in the chiefly village of Lomanikoro, Rewa next month.