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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Afeau maintains he is still the Attorney General

Primo Afeau says he is still the Attorney General and has not been officially notified he's been removed from the job. Mr Afeau says he is working in his office as normal.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister announced that Mr Afeau has been removed from his position because of misconduct in the office and insubordination.

But Mr Afeau says that only the Governor General can make such appointments following recommendations by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

He also says there's no logic in shifting someone who's supposedly been removed for misconduct in office to a higher position.

Mr Afeau says he has not agreed to be moved to the bench because his own case is stll to be resolved by the government.

He was reacting to comments by the Prime Minister who said Mr Afeau would be sidelined, and appointed a judge so that a new Attorney could take over.

Mr Sogavare made the comments in an interview with the SIBC before he left for New York to attend a United Nations General Assembly meeting.

Source: SIBC

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