4 May 2007

Solomons PSC has no plans to approve Moti appointment

6:03 pm on 4 May 2007

The Solomon Islands public service commission says it has no plans to lift its suspension order on Australian lawyer Julian Moti to allow him to become the attorney general.

The chairman of commission, Edmond Andresen, has said a suggestion by the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, that the suspension was about to be lifted, came as a surprise to the agency.

He says the grounds for the suspension are still there.

Mr Andresen says Mr Moti has applied to the Solomons' courts to have his suspension overturned and the commission would wait until the courts dealt with the case.

He says what the commission wants is for Mr Moti to clear himself from the charges or the court to decide in his favour and then direct the commission, at which point it will comply.

Mr Moti is wanted by Australia on a child sex charge.