Wednesday, 5 September 2007 8:50 PM

PNG Judge Demands Moti Report (PNG)

Papua New Guinea's court judge, Justice Bernard Sakora, on Monday ordered that the Moti Inquiry report be submitted to the court.

This occurred during a hearing for an application to annul the entire Moti inquiry. According to PNG's national newspapers, The National and Post-Courier, lawyers for both the plaintiff and defendant will be held in contempt of court if they fail to have the report submitted. The plaintiffs in the case are Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, former Chief Secretary, Joshua Kalinee, PNG Defence Force Chief of Staff, Captain Tom Ur, and Colonel Vagi Oala, while the defendants are the chairman of the Defence Board of Inquiry and members of the board.

Julian Moti, the current Attorney General of the Solomon Islands, sought sanctuary in the Solomon Islands High Commission in Port Morseby, PNG, during allegations of child sex abuse in 1997. Despite the original charges against Moti being thrown out, the issue has caused controversy with Australia putting pressure on the Solomon Islands to have Moti extradited to Australia to face charges. It has also led to an inquiry in PNG into how Moti was able to leave PNG while on bail, thus failing to appear at a PNG court hearing.

Meanwhile, according to The National, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Sam Abal, has stated that the Moti issue will not be on the agenda when he meets with his Australian counterpart, Alexander Downer, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Australia.

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