24 Sep 2007

Solomons AG Moti alleges plot that will lead to his assassination

5:18 pm on 24 September 2007

The Solomon Islands attorney general, Julian Moti, has accused Australia of running a vilification campaign against him as a war of words continues between the government in Honiara and the Regional Assistance Mission.

Mr Moti, who is wanted in Australia on child sex charges, says he won't live long and claims that the typical pattern of elimination for people like him will lead to an assassination being arranged.

The latest comments come after last week's botched top-level talks involving officials from the Pacific Islands Forum and after RAMSI described a parliamentary review of the RAMSI mission as muddled, very flawed and lacking in transparency.

Mr Moti has challenged the head of RAMSI, Tim George, to seek a court injunction in a bid to stop the Solomons parliament reviewing the act that governs RAMSI's presence.

Mewanwhile, the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has issued a statement to say that neither RAMSI nor the Forum can usurp the prerogative of parliament.

Mr Sogavare also alleges that an unnamed foreign minister calls Melanesian prime ministers and governments all kind of names.

He says last week's failure to meet was the fault of the Solomons special envoy to RAMSI, who, Mr Sogavare says, has not given him any paperwork.

In a reaction, the Australian government has denied it is running a vilification campaign against Mr Moti, but says it wants him to face justice.