The Fiji Broadcasting is reporting that seven of the 27 Methodist church Ministers who appeared in a Fiji court today for contravening the Public Emergency Regulations were given an additional charge.
The Methodist church President Reverend Ame Tugaue, General Secretary Tuikilakila Waqairatu and 5 others are now facing another charge of Conspiracy to Disobey a Lawful Order by the Prime Minister and Military Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.
The 7 men are alleged to have disobeyed a directive given during a meeting with Bainimarama, who had ordered that they not to hold a Methodist church conference in 2009.
However, between the 12th and 22nd of July 2009 the men allegedly went to the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa in Lomanikoro, Rewa to discuss the Commander’s decision on the conference.
The DPP says this was in breach of the Public Emergency Regulation where they were not supposed to meet or hold any meeting.
Defence lawyer Aseri Vakaloloma said they needed more time to respond to the additional charge apart from the three other charges which all the 27 accused have pleaded not guilty to.-FBC