11 Sep 2007

PNG PM gags questions on Moti affair

2:01 pm on 11 September 2007

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, on return from the APEC meeting in Australia yesterday, barred the media from asking any questions relating to the Moti affair.

The Chief of staff Theo Yasause told reporters before the press conference began at the airport not to ask any questions relating to Mr Moti who escaped extradition to Australia by being flown out in a PNG military plane to Solomon Islands.

The Post Courier newspaper says it and other media organisations were keen to ask Sir Michael if the Moti issue surfaced during the APEC meeting.

The newspaper says the National Court is expected to hand down its decision today on whether to nullify the entire PNGDF inquiry into the Moti case.