Tuesday, 10 July 2007 3:00 PM

Moti's High Court Challenge Still with the Courts

The High Court Challenge by Julian Moti QC over the legality of his suspension by the Public Service Commission is still before the courts.

Reports from the SIBC stated that High Court Registrar Nelson Laurere says Mr Moti's case is pending a Court of Appeal decision on a case by former Attorney General Primo Afeau.

Mr Afeau was terminated last year for reasons including insubordination. He has however argued that his removal was improper. Mr Laurere says the Court of Appeal findings in the Afeau case are likely to be directly relevant to the questions raised in the Moti case.

Mr Laurere confirmed to the SIBC that the High Court had already granted leave to hear Mr Moti's case, but lawyers to the parties agreed to wait until a Court of Appeal decision on the Afeau case is made.

The Public Service Commission also confirmed to the SIBC that it has not lifted the suspension of Julian Moti because of the pending court case.

Mr Moti was appointed Attorney General in September last but was suspended in October in light of an Australian judicial arrest warrant, alleging he committed child sex offenses under the Australian Crimes Act 1914 and the Child Sex Tourism Amendment Act 1994.

Meanwhile, Mr Moti is scheduled to be sworn in as Attorney General this afternoon at Government House.

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