A fairytale ending to Moti's saga.
Congratulation Dr Derek Sikua for initiating proceedings that finally led to the expulsion of Julian Moti from the Solomon Islands!
This is the second time that Moti has been deported from Solomon Islands. His first matching order was in 1992/93, when Joses Tuhanuku was the Minister responsible for Immigration then. Again it was all about his arrogant involvement in local politics. History repeats itself.
Well - let's just put it this way - the Julian Moti rollercoaster is now over. Regardless of what his legal counsel in Honiara tries to argue about the legal technicalities of his deportation, Moti is facing court in Brisbane on "Child Sex" related charges.
I guess it is appropriate for me to congratulate the Sikua-led government for doing the right thing by the people of Solomon Islands.
This issue has clouded every twist and turn of the former Sogavare government from the start to the end. And what a shame - Sogavare will live to regret for the rest of his life all the missed opportunities to prove his worth as a Prime Minister. And the same can be said about his team of experts - the like of Dr John Roughan, Dr Judson Leafasia and the list goes on. The sad reality is no one will ever take them seriously anymore. Gone!
Sadly, the Moti-saga had high jacked the national agenda and diverted public, donor community and national government attention from the real challenges and tasks of rebuilding Solomon Islands from the aftermath of the ethnic tension of 1998 to 2003.
Now - we can breathe easy and relax, while hoping that political leaders and their advisors will behave - without making excuses - to immediately deal with national issues that have been sideline over the past 18 months.
At the moment, I am sure law abiding citizens and many good people of Solomon Islands, both locally and internationally, are media-battle weary by the Moti saga.
I was amongst the first to raise the question of Moti's suitability to be the country's Attorney General.
As a result, in his 666 questions presented to parliament mid last year, against the Australian government request for his extradition, Moti included my name as a co-defendant in a lawsuit against multiple defendants.
I am glad that Moti is back in Australia and hopefully he will have the opportunity to cross-examine all his queries in a court of law.
I think it is fitting that I should have the last say to thank the government for finally listening to the people of Solomon Islands.
Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia.
Fairytale Ending to Moti's Saga.
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