QUESTION TIME: Controversial pastor, others soon to be interviewed | Loop Jamaica

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The interrogation of nine persons, including the pastor of the Pathways International Restoration Church in Montego Bay, St James, is expected to begin soon with the killing of two persons during a ritual at the church on Sunday being in focus, a source close to the matter has indicated.

A third person was shot and killed during an altercation with the police at the church when the law enforcers visited the premises upon learning of the bizarre activities that were unfolding there.

Some of the over 40 congregants who were taken into police custody have since been granted bail after being charged with breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA).

This is while about 14 children who were taken away from the premises by members of the security forces have since been placed in state care.

And a senior police officer has revealed that as the investigation continues, some of the persons who are now out on bail could face additional charges.

Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, in a press statement on Monday, said the police were summoned to the church after a female congregant who turned up at hospital with stab wounds, informed law enforcers of macabre activities that were being carried out at the church as part of a ritual.

“A congregant here, a member of this church who had been injured, apparently when she chose to disobey some instructions given to her by the leaders of this organisation, reported to the police that she had been injured and other information that led us to believe that the persons here were at risk,” the police commissioner stated.