Fiji detains freemasons over ‘magic rituals’
Police in Fiji detained 14 members of a masonic lodge after villagers complained that they were practising ’sorcery’ with wands, compasses and a skull.
Eight Australians and a New Zealander were among those jailed for 24 hours after their Tuesday night meeting was raided by police.
A member of the lodge blamed “dopey village people” for the raid on the island of Denerau.
The Australian foreign ministry said the group was detained for convening a Masonic meeting without the right permit.
The New Zealand Herald quoted an unnamed police spokesman who said officers acted on reports from villagers of “strange goings-on” at the lodge.
The lodge secretary showed police a permit for the meeting but was told it was not relevant and the group was locked up.
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