NEW SOLOMONS ATTORNEY GENERAL ON THE RUN

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, October 1) – Solomon Islands’ new Attorney General remains on the run from police in Papua New Guinea.

Julian Moti, an Australian lawyer, is wanted by Australian authorities over an alleged child sex offence.

The Australian Associated Press reported he was arrested at Port Moresby’s Airport on Friday off a flight from Singapore at the request of the Australian government.

But after being granted bail by a magistrate that night, he failed to appear in court on Saturday morning and absconded from his hotel before police could detain him.

Police initially thought he might have caught a commercial flight to Buka on the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville.

But the authorities now think he is still in Port Moresby.

[PIR editor’s note: According to The Associated Press, Moti was arrested at Australia’s request on pedophilia allegations. He is a 41-year-old Fiji-born Australian lawyer, the AP reports.]

October 2, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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