15 Oct 2009

Moti hearing told Solomons agencies defied court order

9:37 am on 15 October 2009

A court in Brisbane has been told Solomon Islands agencies defied a court order when they deported the country's former attorney-general Julian Moti.

Moti is charged with charged with seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16, relating to the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Noumea and Vanuatu in 1997.

The Supreme Court in Brisbane is currently hearing an application by Moti to have the charges dropped.

The Court was told yesterday a magistrate in the Solomon Islands had issued an interim order on December 25, 2007, which temporarily prohibited Moti's forced removal from the country.

However, immigration and police officers ignored the order after deeming it invalid, and deported Moti to Australia two days later.