17 Jul 2007

Solomons judicial official resigns in protest at Moti appointment

3:39 pm on 17 July 2007

The Solomon Islands deputy solicitor general, Francis Waleanisia, has resigned in protest at the government's decision to make an Australian fugitive lawyer, Julian Moti, the attorney general.

The Solomon Times online reports that the resignation may be linked to a decision to include him in the investigations ordered by the prime minister into the suspension of Mr Moti as attorney general.

Last week, Mr Moti was sworn in as attorney general by the governor-general amid doubt over the legality of the process.

In objecting to Mr Moti's appointment, Mr Waleanisia says the last thing the people of Solomon Islands need is to have a principal legal advisor that has charges hanging over his head.