7 May 2007

Transparency Solomon Islands calls for PM to drop plans for Attorney General

7:00 am on 7 May 2007

The anti corruption group, Transparency Solomon Islands is urging the Prime Minister to abandon his attempts to impose Julian Moti on the nation as Attorney General.

TSI says Mr Moti's history of interfering in the country's political and legal systems ruled him out as a suitable candidate for the nation's top legal post.

The Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, is continuing in efforts to appoint Mr Moti despite a Public Service Commission suspension.

Transparency believes this indicates there would be little respect for the rule of law from a government advised by Julian Moti.

It says Mr Moti's presence in the country was already seriously threatening the independence of Solomon Islands legal system

The group alleges that Mr Moti has been advising the government on how they can 'get-around' their legal and constitutional obligations.