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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, Dec. 13) – Suspended controversial Attorney General, Julian Moti has been cleared of all charges laid against him in Solomon Islands.

Honiara Magistrates court today cleared Mr Moti of all charges in relation to his entry into Solomon Islands on a Papua New Guinea military aircraft.

Two Solomons nationals, Robson Djokovic and Chris Hapa, charged in relation to the trip with Moti to Munda, were also acquitted.

[PIR editor’s note: Julian Moti, a fugitive from the Australian Government, started an international diplomatic faceoff after being appointed Solomon Islands Attorney General by Solomons Prime Minister Sogavere. Moti initially escaped from the Solomons to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea but was arrested for illegal entry on his return to the Solomon Islands.

The Presiding Magistrate dismissed all charges against the trio after the Crown, represented by the office of the Director of Public Prosecution conceded defeat.

Mr Moti had demanded the Office of DPP to produce a certificate of leave for the institution of charges under the Immigration Act.

But the Prosecutor Mike McColm informed the court the requisite certificate did not exist.

The prosecutor made a written submission to Court that Mr Moti was lawfully entitled to enter, reside and work in Solomon Islands in his capacity as the Attorney General appointed under the Constitution.

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