OUSTED SOLOMONS PRIME MINISTER QUESTIONS MOTI ARREST

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp., Dec. 31) – The leader of the Solomon Islands parliamentary opposition, recently-ousted as prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has questioned the role played by both the Solomon Islands Police Service and Australian Federal Police in arresting former attorney general Julian Moti while an order by the Magistrate court to stay any action until Moti's application for asylum is heard.

Mr Sogavare says that action sets a dangerous precedent on the administration of justice and a mockery of their authority.

He says the Commissioner of Police and the Commander of the Participating Police Force as heads of the country's law enforcing agencies must at all times act within the bounds of laws of the country and only enforce their correct application.

Mr Sogavare says the recent action in deporting Mr Moti was an example of the continuing disregard of the laws of Solomon Islands and the desire to control by the occupying force.

He says unless Solomon Islanders begin to appreciate the seriousness of this development, Solomon Islanders will lose control of their country.

Mr Sogavare says it's sad that certain elements of the Solomon Islands Police force have succumbed to agendas of the occupying force.

He says it would be hypocrisy on the part of the Police to require Solomon Islanders to abide with the law when the police itself trampled upon, as was seen in Mr Moti's case.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb

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