26 Aug 2009

Australian agencies to fight Moti's disclosure bids

2:17 pm on 26 August 2009

Australian government agencies says they will fight to suppress information sought by a former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti in his bid to have child sex charges dismissed.

During a brief mention of the matter, the Supreme Court in Brisbane was told Mr Moti has been issued subpoenas against the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

It's believed he is seeking disclosure of information relating to his deportation from Solomon Islands in December 2007, which he claims was unlawful.

He is facing seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 16.

His first bid, which sought information from eight government agencies, was struck out in June after the court ruled the scope of the subpoenas was too broad.