Child sex charges against Julian Moti dropped


Former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti has won a battle to have child sex charges against him dropped. Mr Moti was arrested at Brisbane International Airport on December 27, 2007, and charged with seven counts of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16. The charges related to the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl in Noumea and Vanuatu in 1997. Since his return to Australia Mr Moti has fought to have the charges thrown out.

Key moments in a failed prosecution
– 1998: Fiji-born Australian citizen Julian Ronald Moti charged in Vanuatu with seven counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu and New Caledonia in 1997
– August 23, 1999: The charges are dismissed at a committal hearing in Vanuatu
– October, 2004: Australia’s high commissioner to Honiara, Patrick Cole, expresses concerns about the sex abuse allegations in light of Moti’s possible appointment as attorney-general of the Solomon Islands
– August 11, 2006: Warrant is issued by the AFP for arrest of Mai
– September 21, 2006: Moti is appointed attorney-general of the Solomon Islands
– September 29, 2006: Moti is arrested in Papua New Guinea and then released on bail
– October 4, 2006: Moti’s appointment as attorney-general of the Solomons is suspended
– October, 2006: Moti escapes from PNG — flown secretly back to the Solomons
– July 2007: Moti is reappointed Solomons attorney-general
– December 13, 2007: Solomon Islands government of Manasseh Sogavare loses power
– December 20, 2007: New Solomon Islands prime minister Derek Sikua is elected
– December 21, 2007: Fresh warrant is issued by a Brisbane magistrate for Mob’s arrest
– December 21, 2007: Australian government makes a formal request to the Solomon Islands government for the arrest of Moti, pending the presentation of an extradition request
– December 27, 2007: Moti is deported by the Solomon Islands government to Australia and is arrested on arrival in Brisbane
– January, 2008: Moti is granted bail
– Yesterday: Queensland Supreme Court judge Debra Mullins orders that the sex charges against Mob be permanently stayed on the grounds of abuse of process over witness payments by the AFP