Julian Moti push to stop child sex charges
Sarah Elks; 27/8/09
Former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti will rely on experts in deportation law rather than Solomons politicians in his fight to have child sex tourism charges against him halted. In a review of the case in the Queensland Supreme Court yesterday, lawyers for Mr Moti, a Fijian-born Australian citizen facing child sex charges in Australia, said it was unlikely Solomon Islands opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare and other foreign politicians would be called on in the case. Mr Moti is preparing an application to have the charges against him dropped, and has foreshadowed calling as witnesses politicians including Mr Sogavare, the former Solomons prime minister. Mr Sogavare, a friend of Mr Moti’s, rejected several Australian requests to extradite Mr Moti, and claimed the pursuit was politically motivated.