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All Nations silent on jailed leader

Mere Naleba
Thursday, November 15, 2012

THE All Nations Christian Fellowship church remains tight-lipped on its plans for the next two years after church leader Epeli Ratabacaca was jailed for two years yesterday.

When contacted yesterday, ANCF church secretary pastor Josefa Tuitoga refused to comment, saying the church would not reveal any information regarding the matter.

Nasinu circuit senior pastor Peni Niudamu, who had also testified in court during the seven-day trial of their leader, said they would not make any statement.

Ratabacaca was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman at a spa in Suva and was charged with two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. The rape charges were dropped after the three assessors found him not guilty of two counts of rape. However, two of the three assessors found him guilty of one count of sexual assault.

Church members were present at the sentencing yesterday morning at the High Court in Suva where their leader was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Ratabacaca, a former military officer and lay preacher of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma, founded the church with most of its members being military personnel and their families.

After its inception on October 12, 1997, Ratabacaca's ANCF church grew in membership, rising to 1500 so far.

According to the All Nations Christian Fellowship, Fiji website, the church is represented in 61 countries in the world.


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