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Back in the pulpit

Ana Madigibuli
Monday, May 12, 2014

ALL Nations Christian Fellowship leader Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca held his first church sermon yesterday after being released from prison last week.

Mr Ratabacaca, who was found guilty of one count of sexual assault against a church member in 2012, was welcomed by his church congregation.

Church general secretary Josefa Tuitoga said about 1000 church members from the Central and Eastern divisions welcomed their leader in Suva during the service.

Mr Tuitoga said Mr Ratabacaca spoke on the power of change.

He added that Mr Ratabacaca spoke about moving on and not dwelling on in the past.

He said God was not a God of yesterday but a God of now and the future.

Fiji Corrections Service media liaison officer Kuini Waqasavou confirmed Ratabacaca was released on Monday from the Suva Corrections Centre.

"He was sentenced for two years imprisonment and with a non-parole period of 15 months and he had served 15 months already which ended in March this year," Ms Waqasavou said.

"He is now on extra mural punishment (EMP) release which means that he reports to our Suva Corrections Centre every Monday until Friday from 8am until 1pm where he signs out and goes home."

"Ratabacaca met all the criteria that were needed for someone to be on EMP release, that is if he has served his non-parole period and he did not receive any special treatment like other prisoners and he also underwent the entire rehabilitation program that a prisoner had to go through while being imprisoned."








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