30 Jan 2007

Solomons acting AG to seek more info about Moti in Australia

4:09 pm on 30 January 2007

The acting Attorney General in Solomons Islands is likely to try to gather more information about the Julian Moti affair during a trip to Canberra.

No details for the visit have been finalised, but the Secretary to the Cabinet and Prime Minister, John Roughan, says it is more likely than not to take place in February.

Dr Roughan says the visit by Nuatali Tongarutu will attempt to answer questions over why the Australian government is still interested in sex charges that were first brought against Mr Moti about a decade ago:

"She'd be very interested to find out why after nine years the charges are now being resurrected, these charges that were tabled in Vanuatu nine years ago, now charges are being resurrected. I think she would want details on that."

The Secretary to the Solomons Cabinet and Prime Minister, John Roughan.

The foreign minister, Patteson Oti, has said the appointment of Julian Moti as attorney general remains suspended until the visit to Canberra has taken place.