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Interference Claims In Sex Probe: Police

Interference Claims In Sex Probe: Police
September 24
12:26 2015

The Police will not tolerate any interference with their investigation into the alleged illicit sex life of a pastor.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro made the comments after confirming their difficulties in getting statements from the alleged victims.

He is alleged to have fathered 10 children out of wedlock.

Ms Naisoro said: “This is why we continue to plead for assistance from members of the public who can assist us in this sensitive case to come forward so we may be able to find the truth behind the claims,” she said.

“There have also been claims of some interfering in the investigations so that we are not able to speak to the victims. We must caution people to be mindful, that they could get on the wrong side of the law.

“This is a sensitive case and we need everyone’s co-operation so that we are able to ascertain and verify the claims made for the sake of both the suspect and victim.

The allegations made are very serious in nature.

Meanwhile, religious bodies have issued their concerns over the allegations against the pastor.

Catholic response

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva said the Government and the Fiji Council of Churches and Interfaith Search should establish a code of conduct for ministers and pastors.

“The Catholic Church through its handbook and policies for clergy has established clear guidelines for all church personnel to prevent the possibilities for sexual abuse,” he said.

Methodist Church

Secretary for Communication in the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend James Bhagwan said they would not be commenting on the allegation issues.

“However, the Methodist Church would not condone such act; there are codes of conduct and strict guidelines in place.”

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha

The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji said no society should tolerate such deviant behaviour from people who profess faith in God and carry out disreputable activities in the name of God.

“Preying on unsuspecting and vulnerable members of the society in the name of God should not be condoned at all and such people need to be publically ridiculed for abusing their powers under the guise of the man of clothes,” says media relations officer of Sabha, Kamlesh Arya.

He said if the allegations were  proven and the pastor was found guilty then the person should be subjected to dismissal from such appointments.

“The Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji does not condone such acts in any form and strongly believes that all such acts are criminal in nature and should be subject to legal redress,” Mr Arya said.

“The Vedic scriptures do not subscribe to performance of sexual acts in the name of the God to heal the subject and therefore its registered pundits do not exercise such healing processes nor undertake any such engagement and those if brought to Sabha’s attention would be dealt with appropriately.”

Sanatan

The Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji also shares the same sentiments.

Its national president Sarju Prasad said the Sabha did not believe that there was anything in religious scriptures to justify deviant lustful behaviour.

“It is unfortunate that people call their own lust as a directive from God,” he said.

“It is unfortunate that vulnerable people fall victims to such act and we hope that justice is done upon them.”

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