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Monday, April 26, 2010

High Chief of Rewa defers plea

One of the junta's favourite targets - the High Chief of Rewa, Ro Teimumu Kepa - has reappeared in the Suva Magistrates Court but has deferred making a plea.

Kepa is now charged with conspiracy to effect an unlawful purpose namely the disobedience of lawful orders, after the original charge she had breached the public emeregency regulations was amended.

It's believed the Director of Public Prosecution was unable to justify the claim, hence the change of heart.
Supporters say the prosecution has struggled to pin the PER breach charge on Kepa.

The high chief was taken in last year by the junta, as its campaign to shut down the Methodist Church kicked into high gear. And she wasn't the only one to have been rounded up in the wee hours.

Coupfourpointfive revealed on July 22 last year, that Kepa was arrested around midnight and that it followed that of seven Methodist Church ministers, including the president of the Church, Reverend Ame Tugaue.

We reported just days later that former Methodist leaders, Reverends Manasa Lasaro and Tomasi Kanailagi, were also taken in and appeared in court after Kepa, Tugaue and general secretary, Tuikikila Waqatairua, were released on bail.

The court maintains Kepa conspired with Church ministers to host the annual Methodist conference in Lomanikoro in Rewa between July 12 and 29, despite a directive from Bainimarama the church not meet.

The same ministers taken in that same week last year, appeared in court again recently with five of them (including Tugaue) being given an additional charge.

Kepa's case is now set down for next month on the 4th, when a plea is expected to be taken. 

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