Coupfourpointfive has been told the Methodist Church succumbed to emotional blackmail and traded off the annual conference for the relaxation of bail conditions for the former church leaders and executives facing charges of contravening the emergency regulations.
Former leaders Reverends Tomasi Kanailagi and Manasa Lasaro, current President Reverend Ame Tugaue and four others appeared in the Suva magistrates court and were not only granted bail but also allowed to hold meetings relating to the conference as long as they were not political.
Previously the military regime did not allow any meetings of the church.
During their court appearance an application for bail by lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma was not objected to by Director of Public Prosecutons John Rabuku.
Instead Rabuku told the court the fact the ministers agreed to abide by the strict bail conditions indicated the church acknowledged the interim regime.
On Friday afternoon when the Assistant Secretary of the Church Tevita Nawadra announced the cancellation of the conference in Rewa, he said they had met interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.
Sources have told us that members of the Standing Committee met with Bainimarama and the Military Council early last week.
The regime and the military told the church executives they would be responsible for bloodshed if the conference went ahead.
Sources say instead of the executives questioning Bainimarama, they gave in to the blackmail.
In return, the regime agreed the judiciary would be told to relax the bail conditions of the church executives facing charges.
Sources say it confirms the long held view the regime has direct influence on the judiciary.