As the Methodist Church pours over a Fiji High Court ruling that has ordered the church to pay more than $28,000 to a school teacher and his father, in an alleged witchcraft case, many are calling for the convicted sex pervert former schoolteacher Bolatiki to step down and if he refuses, for the Fiji Sun to sack him.
One happened during prayer session and another during exam session:
"Reverend Banivanua said the church had been linked to the case [alleged witchcraft and sorcery] because the pastor allowed a Suva prayer group into his area of pastoral jurisdiction in Navacanadi, Gau, in 2007. He said the group, led by a woman from Rewa, held a prayer session. The group claimed that during the session it received spiritual revelation that a school teacher and his father were practising witchcraft. The group leader accused the teacher of witchcraft and worshiping a skull inside his house. Group members then ransacked his house...The Reverend said the pastor was back at work..."
Maika Bolatiki reporting in Fiji Sun, 28 May 2014
Justice Bain, Fiji High Court, while upholding sex pervert and Fiji Sun Managing Editor/News Maika Bolatiki's conviction, 3 September 1997:
"The complainant was a 14 year old school girl at the time of the incident. She was one of 18 students in a classroom sitting an examination. The appellant [Maika Bolatiki] was supervising the examination. The complainant was sitting at a desk in the front row. She said that the appellant came and stood beside her on her left. She looked up and the appellant touched her breast with his left hand. She sat up and the accused slid his left hand down her stomach and right to her private part. He then rubbed her private part. He denied touching her breast or private parts. However, the actions of the appellant as described by the complainant in her evidence were something that would not necessarily have created attention. The other pupils in the room were writing their examination papers. The Appellant was standing alongside the complainant in the front row and such conduct would be expected to have been done as surreptitiously as possible...The learned Magistrate made a clear finding that he accepted the evidence of the complainant as truthful. An appellant Court would need very compelling and cogent reasons to interfere with that finding. There are no grounds to do so in this case...The appeal against conviction is dismissed"
Justice Pain, Fiji High Court, 3 September 1997
Fijileaks Editor: We are still waiting for a comment from Mr Bolatiki. The judgment can be accessed at: http://www.paclii.org/cgi-bin/sinodisp/fj/cases/FJHC/1997/124.html?stem=&synonyms=&query=bolatiki