4 Oct 2006

Solomons PM says Moti remains attorney-general

7:46 pm on 4 October 2006

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare says Julian Moti remains Attorney General, despite Australian media reports saying his appointment may have been revoked.

Mr Sogavare says those reports are untrue.

He says the government is not aware of any moves by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission to revoke the appointment, and that it can only act on the advice of the prime minister.

He says Solomon Islands would not bow down to the interests of Australia and revoke his appointment.

Mr Moti - an Australian citizen whose passport Canberra has cancelled - is thought to be in the Solomon Islands High Commission in Papua New Guinea, after evading PNG police who had sought to take him into custody to await extradition proceedings.

The Australian government is seeking Mr Moti's extradition to face alleged child sex offences involving a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu in 1997.