Friday, 21 December 2007 3:36 PM

New Government to Deport Attorney-General Moti

Solomon Islands' new Prime Minister, Dr. Derek Sikua, says that the controversial Attorney-General, Julian Moti, will be deported.

The former Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, appointed the Australian citizen, Mr. Moti, amidst child sex charges.

Mr. Sogavare's support of the Mr. Moti led to a sharp decline in relations between Canberra and Solomon Islands.

Australian Federal Police has, for more than a year, sought the Australian lawyer over allegations he raped a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu in 1997.

In his post election press conference, Prime Minister Sikua said that Mr. Moti, "an Australian citizen, will be sent back to Australia".

The new government's commitment is in favour of Australia's extradition request for Mr. Moti.

Dr. Sikua said that a new minister for immigration in place will sign necessary documents to precede the repatriation of Mr. Moti.

On security, law and order in the country, the Prime Minister said his government's committed to ensuring the independence of the police and the judiciary.

Dr. Sikua told the press conference that the appointment of the current Commissioner of Police, Jahir Khan, will come under review.

"We are NO to guns, the country will be better off for being a gun-free society," the Prime Minister said. "When we deem the time is right, we will consult with the people of Solomon Islands on this matter."