Moti case thrown out as judge slams AFP over witness payments

Michael McKenna & Sarah Elks; 16/12/09

The pursuit of former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti on child sex charges, which soured diplomatic relations between Canberra and the Pacific, has ended with a court slamming the Australian Federal Police’s handling of the controversial case as an “affront to the public conscience”. The Fijian-born Australian citizen, whose escape on bail in 2006 from Port Moresby to the Solomons fractured diplomacy in the region for more than a year, won his legal battle yesterday to dismiss multiple charges that he raped a teenage girl in Vanuatu and New Caledonia in 1997.Queensland Supreme Court judge Debra Mullins ruled against Mr Moti’s claims that the investigation and prosecution, under the Child Sex Tourism Act, was politically motivated by the then-Howard government’s fears of the lawyer’s growing backroom influence in the region.

See; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/moti-case-thrown-out-as-judge-slams-afp-over-witness-payments/story-e6frg6n6-1225810753975; Knox Grammar School apologises to sex abuse students; 16/12/09; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/knox-grammar-school-apologises-to-sex-abuse-students/story-e6frg6nf-1225810653392; Third Knox teacher admits abuse of students; http://www.smh.com.au/national/third-knox-teacher-admits-abuse-of-students-20091215-kunz.html; Pedophile priest can return to theological library job after prison; Anthony Klan; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/pedophile-priest-can-return-to-theological-library-job-after-prison/story-e6frg6nf-1225810744932; Church vows to upgrade protection protocols; Michael McKenna; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/church-vows-to-upgrade-protection-protocols/story-e6frg6z6-1225810365298