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Police stop church members

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, November 10, 2012

POLICE had to stop some All Nations Christian Fellowship church members who tried to approach the complainant in the case against church leader Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca yesterday.

Church members gathered outside the High Court in Suva shouting for the victim to come out of the court room.

The heavy downpour in the Capital City saw hundreds of church members outside Government Buildings, waiting for judge Justice Paul Madigan to deliver his sentencing.

Tight police security saw the mob contained and the victim safely escorted out of danger with her husband.

Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said they anticipated the large crowd and because of the tension surrounding the case wanted to ensure the victim's safety.

"Our operations team anticipated the crowd so there were police, backed up by the prisoner management team, to escort the victim out and ensure her safety," she said,

Although the church members were warned to leave the building, they refused saying they wanted to see the complainant first.

Tension was high and some journalists were also approached by members and asked what they were doing at the court house and why they were taking pictures of Ratabacaca.

Attempts to get comments from ANCF regarding the behaviour of its members were futile.





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