13 Dec 2006

Australia still pursuing extradition of suspended Solomon Islands attorney-general

7:48 am on 13 December 2006

The Australian government is still pursuing a request to extradite the suspended Solomon Islands attorney-general, Julian Moti, on child sex charges.

The acting Australian High Commissioner in Honiara, Heidi Bootle, told the Solomon Star that a request is ready to be lodged with the Solomon Islands government.

Ms Bootle says they will continue to seek Mr Moti's return in a manner which is consistent with legal processes and which does not interfere with judicial processes currently underway in Solomon Islands.

She says a brief sent to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed there was a case that should be prosecuted, that charges should be laid and that this would form the proper basis of a request for Moti's extradition.

Ms Bootle says Australia has made a request to the Solomon Islands government for the urgent provisional arrest of Moti and it is currently finalising a full extradition request.

She says once finalised, the request will be lodged as soon as possible.