30 Jan 2007

Solomons opposition wants PNG Moti inquiry allowed to visit Honiara

8:32 pm on 30 January 2007

The opposition group in the Solomon Islands is urging the government to let a PNG Defence force team looking into Julian Moti's escape from Port Moresby, to carry out interviews in Honiara.

The Foreign Affairs minister, Patteson Oti, has blocked a visit by members of a team investigating the use of a military plane to allow Mr Moti to leave while on bail.

The opposition Leader, Fred Fono, says the PNG inquiry should be allowed into Honiara under the spirit of co-operation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

He believes senior local figures are concerned about what the group might find out:

"We believe the whole thing is a cover-up to stop the inquiry coming to Honiara and where it could unveil or expose some of our leaders who were involved in the whole Julian Moti saga."

The Solomons Opposition Leader, Fred Fono