SOGAVARE: I’LL TAKE AUSTRALIA TO INTERNATIONAL COURT

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SOGAVARE: I’LL TAKE AUSTRALIA TO INTERNATIONAL COURT

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug 27) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said he expected Attorney-General Julian Moti to be put on a normal flight to Honiara last year from Papua New Guinea.

Mr Moti instead arrived on a controversial clandestine flight to Munda on a Papua New Guinea Defence Force aircraft.

Speaking in Parliament on Friday, an angry Mr Sogavare said Mr Moti was illegally arrested and detained in Papua New Guinea at Australia’s instigation.

Mr Sogavare said everything that was done to Mr Moti was illegal.

Mr Sogavare said he will be taking Australia to the International Court of Justice over its continuing efforts to arrest and charge Mr Moti.

Australia says Mr Moti, an Australian citizen, is wanted under Australia law to face a child sex charge. Mr Moti denies the charge and says it was long ago dismissed by a Vanuatu court.

[PIR editor’s note: According to PIR archives, legal documents obtained by the Papua New Guinea Defense Force Board of Inquiry suggest that fugitive Mr. Julian Moti was "not cleared" by the Vanuatu Courts on child sex charges.]

Mr Sogavare says the Australian moves against Mr Moti, a Queen’s Counsel, are politically motivated over his legal work here, something Australia denies.

Mr Sogavare said a letter he wrote to his Papua New Guinea counterpart Sir Michael Somare during the Moti saga was merely a conversation between two Prime Ministers.

He denied the letter contained instructions for the escape of Mr Moti.

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