Cult leader Rocco Leo arrested

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Australian cult leader Rocco Leo, who is wanted for charges ranging from tax evasion and assault to illegal possession of firearms and explosives, has been taken into the custody of Immigration authorities in Fiji.

The Fiji Times reports:

Agape Ministries pastor Rocco Leo Agape was caught on Sunday, June 19 after a combined raid by the police, Transitional Crime Unit and the Department of Immigration.

The leader of the controversial Agape Ministries, which Australian authorities have described as a doomsday-type cult, is also said to have tried to hide AUD$5million (FJ$9.3m) hours before his financial assets were frozen.

Arms and explosives were also found in containers linked to the group as well as on its properties with relatives of members with children expressing concerns over their wellbeing.

Just yesterday Australian media reported that Leo may be forced to pay damages to former members of his religious group if he does not instruct a lawyer to attend a court hearing next week.

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This post was last updated: Jun. 25, 2011