Saturday, 25 August 2007 8:41 AM

Moti Should Step Down: Bar Association

The Solomon Islands Bar Association, which regulates the professional and ethical conduct of legal practitioners in the Solomons, has called on Attorney General, Julian Moti, to step down.

In a press statement the Bar Association stated that it is of the view that all outstanding charges against him must first be resolved. The statement said that the Bar Association agreed, and passed a resolution unanimously, for Moti to step down at its recent Annual General Meeting.

The statement says that the resolutions were delivered to Mr. Moti on the 13th of August and that he has yet to respond to the Association's call. However, Moti has told the local newspaper Solomon Star that he has referred the Association's resolutions to his lawyers in PNG and Australia.

Moti has been quoted by the Solomon Star as saying that he hopes the Association would take into consideration some of the questions which has been raised in the 6-6-6 questions which the Government has sent to the Government of Australia and published in the Solomon Star.

The Association has recently elected its new office bearers and its new President is former Attorney General and High Court Judge who now heads the Law Reform Commission, Frank Kabui. His Deputy is another Solomon Islands lawyer, Rodney Kingmele who works for the private law firm Sol-Law.

Kabui replaces former legal draftsman, Ranjit Hewagama, who was sacked by the Government last month and who has since returned to Sri Lanka.

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