Monday, 10 September 2007 2:39 PM

Fair Trial For Moti: Australia

Solomon Islands had been assured of a fair trial for Julian Moti in Australia.

The Australian Justice Minister, Senator David Johnston, said Mr. Moti, if extradited, will be treated fairly like all other Australian citizens.

This statement was made in response to concerns by Solomon Islands that Mr. Moti will not get a fair trial in Australia because of his race, religion, nationality and political opinion.

Senator Johnson described the concerns as "offensive and utterly without foundation".

He said the Australian Government had provided a detailed response to the six hundred and sixty-six questions raised by Solomon Islands, and had provided additional information in support of their extradition request for Mr. Moti.

Senator Johnson assured the Solomon Islands that the Australian Government remains willing to work with the Solomon Islands Government and has provided all necessary information to assist the Minister Isaac Inoke with consideration of Australia's extradition request.

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