14 Jan 2014

Call from Solomon Islands for Canberra to settle Moti claim

6:51 pm on 14 January 2014

The Solomon Islands pressure group, the Malaita Ma'asina Forum is calling on the Australian government to settle the claims of Solomon Islands' former attorney general Julian Moti.

The current attorney general Billy Titiulu is in Australia to discuss a settlement for Mr Moti's wrongful deportation to Australia by the Solomon Islands government towards the end of 2007.

The Forum's President Charles Dausabea says the group believes Canberra had a stake in the decision to deport Mr Moti, a Fiji-born lawyer, to Australia.

Mr Dausabea says the decision to deport Mr Moti and the subsequent termination of his contract was not solely by the Solomon Island government and says the Australian Government should foot the claims as a form of compensation to Honiara.

The Australian High Commission says it is not in the position to respond, as its high commissioner is new and is still familiarising himself with the role.