27 Feb 2007

Findings of Moti probe in PNG still to be publicised

2:51 pm on 27 February 2007

Efforts continue in Papua New Guinea to publish the findings of an inquiry into the escape of an Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, to Solomon Islands.

The prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has sacked the defence minister, Martin Aini, who had commissioned a probe into the use of a defence force plane for the escape.

The inquiry sought Sir Michael to testify but he has moved to halt the proceedings.

Mr Aini says the prime minister forced him to stop the inquiry but our correspondent, Alex Rheeney, says some details of the probe are known.

"We do know that the submissions by the counsels of the inquiry have recommended that charges be laid against a number of senior bureaucrats and Sir Michael for perverting the course of justice."

Alex Rheeney