5 May 2010

Fiji chief pleads not guilty in conspiracy case

11:54 am on 5 May 2010

Fiji's paramount chief of Rewa province, the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to cause disorder in law and order.

According to the Fijilive website, she entered the plea in the magistrate's court in Suva.

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.