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Friday, October 13, 2006

Prime Minster's Office declines to comment on surfaced reports

The Prime Minister's Office has declined to comment on an Australian media report that claims the Solomon Islands Government tried to get suspended Attorney General Julian Moti out of Port Moresby on a charter flight to escape arrest.

Australia Associated Press reported that the plane was cancelled when Moti failed to turn up. Airlines PNG, the country's second-largest airline, has confirmed the charter of a Dash-8 aircraft was ordered by Solomons Airlines at the behest of the Solomon Islands Government.

But when the unspecified passenger or passengers failed to show the aircrews were sent home. Airlines PNG managing director Simon Wild says the airline received a request from Solomon Airlines to organise a charter from Port Moresby to the Solomons for 30th of September or the next day. Moti was arrested in Port Moresby on the 29th September 2006.

Mr Wild says Solomons Airlines said it would pay the money and sort it out with the Solomons government later on. The charter was understood to cost in the order of 180-thousand dollars, but no money was paid. Moti and his colleagues eventually landed in Munda on a PNGDF plane, instead of that proposed Airlines PNG charter. It is still not clear who paid for that trip and how much it would cost.

Meanwhile, the member of parliament for Savo/Russells in the Central Province Sir Allan Kemakeza has called on Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to resign, over the Moti case.

Sir Allan made the call in Parliament on wednesday while commenting on the entry of Moti into Solomon Islands.

"I respectfully ask the Prime Minister to resign.....what...aidding and abetting of a criminal, Mr Speaker. This is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code, and wish the Director of the Public Prosecution to take this."

But Prime Minister Sogavare responded, saying the allegation is criminal.

"That is a serious, serious allegation and its criminal in nature, unless he has evidence to prove, Mr Speaker that the Prime Minister is involved in that Mr speaker, it is a serious crime."

In another related news, the Guadalcanal Provincial government is calling on the national government to declare suspended Attorney General Julian Moti a "persona non grata" and deport him from the country. The Provincial Assembly made the resolution at its meeting yesterday.

It also called on the government to immediately negotiate a resolution to the dispute with Australia. Mr Arabola says Mr Moti's illegal entry into Solomon Islands has left the Prime Minister's effort to have him appointed Attorney General, a mockery.

He says Mr Moti's recent actions have caused disputes and demean both the Offices of the Prime Minister and Attorney General. Mr Arabola says if Moti is free from any wrong doing, then he should freely and willingly go back to Australia to clear his name.

Source: SIBC

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