10 Jul 2007

Moti still suspended, says Solomons Public Service Commission

1:21 pm on 10 July 2007

The Solomon Islands Public Service Commission says the suspended Attorney General's status hasn't changed despite reports he is to be sworn in today.

The governor-general is scheduled to swear in the Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, as attorney-general this afternoon.

Mr Moti is wanted by Australia on child sex charges dating back to 1997 when he lived in Vanuatu.

He was suspended by the Public Service Commission until such time his name was cleared.

The chairman of the Commission, Edmund Andresen, says the swearing-in would be conducted in spite of the suspension which is still in force.

"But as far as the Public Service Commission's concerned, the suspension has never been lifted and will never be lifted until Moti clears himself from all the allegations and things like that. So the Commission stands by its decision that Moti is still suspended."

Edmund Andresen says the High Court case challenging the suspension is still ongoing.