PNG REPORT DETAILS MOTI’S 2006 ESCAPE

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Calls for prosecution of PNG authorities

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 22, 2009) – Papua New Guinea's Ombudsman Commission has presented a report into the escape of Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, from PNG in 2006.

It comes after the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Australia, dropped child sex charges against the former Solomon Islands' attorney-general.

Chief ombudsman Chronox Manek says the report covers the entry, arrest, detention and transportation of Julian Moti to the Solomon Islands.

He says Moti was arrested on request from Australian police while transiting PNG to Honiara in September 2006.

Ombudsman Manek says the report has been given to the Speaker to table in parliament.

He says alhough the matter has been heard and cleared by the Australian courts, there are serious issues of breaches of PNG laws and relevant authorities should be held responsible.

Mr Manek says the Speaker is required by law to make the report public.

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