18 Oct 2006

PNG PM says Australia may not have followed proper extradition procedure over Moti

8:09 pm on 18 October 2006

Papua new Guinea's Prime Minister has indicated that Australia may not have correctly followed the extradition process in the Julian Moti saga.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Sir Michael Somare was at the centre of heated debate over the diplomatic stoush with Australia in parliament yesterday.

Sir Michael was adamant, however, that Mr Moti's escape in a PNG Defence Force aircraft to Solomon Islands last week did not have government approval.

The Prime Minister promised that those responsible would be dealt with.

Sir Michael told Parliament that his Government doesn't want a diplomatic row with Australia over its request for the extradition of Mr Moti, the Solomon Islands Attorney-General, who Australian police want over a child molestation charge in Vanuatu.

The Prime Minister says PNG has in place the Extradition Act 2005 and its provisions outline clearly the way in which an extradition process is to take place.

Sir Michael said that the Attorney-General's advice indicated that this process was not fully complied with and the arrest of Mr Moti by PNG authorities was not executed in accordance with this Act.