19 Dec 2006

Solomons government to consider formal Australian request for extradition of Julian Moti

7:59 pm on 19 December 2006

The Solomon Islands government is expected to consider a formal request from Australia for the suspended attorney general, Julian Moti, to be extradited, tomorrow.

Cabinet was expected to discuss the request today, but the meeting has been deferred to tomorrow.

Australia is seeking the extradition of Mr Moti to have him face an allegation of child sex in Vanuatu in 1997.

The Australian request comes after a failed attempt three months ago when Australian authorities asked to have him extradited from Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

However, Mr Moti was secretly flown to Solomon Islands by a PNG Defence Force plane.

Last Wednesday, the Honiara Magistrate's court discontinued a case in which Mr Moti was facing charges of illegally entering Solomon Islands.

The Australian high commission in Honiara last week said Mr Moti, an Australian citizen, must return to face the allegations under Australian law.