Friday, 13 July 2007 9:27 AM

Opposition Group Condemns Moti Appointment

The opposition group has condemned the recent appointment of Australian lawyer, Julian Moti, as the new Attorney General.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, International leader of the Opposition group called on Mr Moti to first clear his name from the alleged child sex charges before taking up his appointment. Opposition Leader, Fred Fono, said the appointment was a national embarrassment.

"He needs to be cleared from the courts before he could be appointed so that those allegations are not hanging over him. The way our prime minister has handled the situation is as though he himself is a judge. It is a national embarrassment for Solomon Islands to appoint someone with such alleged child sex charges."

The Opposition believes the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service acted improperly in lifting the suspension of Mr Moti's appointment. The Opposition group says the Public Service Commission is the appropriate institution that could lift such a ban.

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