FIJI REGIME DROPS CHARGES AGAINST PARAMOUNT CHIEF

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Ro Teimumu Kepa accused of conspiracy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Sept. 8, 2010) - The Director of Public Prosecutions Office in Fiji has withdrawn charges against the paramount chief of Rewa province, the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa.

Ro Teimumu had been charged with conspiracy to cause disorder.

According to FBC News, the charge has now been dropped.

Last year, she was arrested for releasing a statement saying that the Burebasaga confederacy and the province of Rewa were welcoming the Methodist church members to host their annual conference in Rewa.

Her statement came after the interim government had cancelled the permit for the conference.

The interim regime has meanwhile banned the Methodists’ annual conference until 2014.

[PIR editor’s note: Earlier this year Radio Fiji reported that Bainimarama criticized the relationship between the United Fiji Party (SDL) and the Methodist church. He says it is public news that the "Methodist church has been supporting Qarase before, during, and after the events of December 2006 when the Military took over executive authority of the nation." The United Fiji Party was founded by former Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase.]

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