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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Evidence shows that Moti spent his last night in POM City at hostel before escape to Solomons

By Julia Bore

Evidence before the PNG Defence Force board of inquiry has revealed that the Australian fugitive and suspended Solomon Islands Attorney General, Julian Moti’s last night in Port Moresby was spent at the Waigani Hostel.

He was transported from the Waigani Hostel to the Defence Force Air Transport Wing (ATW). From there, he was flown out on a PNGDF CASA to the Solomon Islands during the early hours of Oct 10 last year.

Senior counsel for the inquiry John Kawi revealed this when grilling a witness Balthazar Wally if he was the driver who transported Moti to the Erima bridge on the night Moti was spirited out to Solomon Islands. Mr Kawi told Mr Wally evidence showed he was the driver of the red double-cab which ferried Moti and his companions on the night between Oct 9 and Oct 10 to the Erima bridge, past the Erima roundabout where vehicles were switched, after the fugitive was taken to the ATW.

However, Mr Wally said that he knew nothing about the whole issue of Moti’s transport service. He also told the inquiry he did not drive for Moti the night he fled Port Moresby. Mr Wally has been a driver for the Prime Minister’s Department since May last year and is directly attached to the Chief Secretary’s Office.

Source: PNG National

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