OPPOSITION ADAMANT ON COURT SETTLEMENT FOR MOTI ISSUE

The Opposition Leader has maintained his stand that any compensation claim for the deportation of Julian Moti must come from Solomon Islands courts.

The Opposition Leader has maintained his stand that any compensation claim for the deportation of Julian Moti must come from Solomon Islands courts. Photo: Courtesy of Radio Australia.

The Opposition Leader has maintained his stand that any compensation claim for the deportation of Julian Moti must come from Solomon Islands courts.

Dr Derek Sikua was responding to a suggestion by the East Choiseul MP that the government should proceed on with its decision for an out-of-court settlement with Mr Moti.

In a statement, Dr Derek Sikua said it is imprudent for the Government to make an out-of-court settlement for Mr Moti’s deportation.

He said any claim for compensation in relation to Mr Moti’s 2007 deportation should be made through the courts.

He said only the courts will make a fair and acceptable decision on whether or not compensation should be paid, and not Mr Moti or the NCRA Government and Mr Moti’s sympathizers.

He said it is only right to take this matter to the courts for a judicial review, rather than trying to make an out-of-court settlement with Mr Moti.

Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader has questioned the Government’s silence on the Moti compensation claim since the Prime Minister announced they will be settling out of court with the former Attorney General.

Dr. Derek Sikua says the Prime Minister owes an explanation to the nation, as to why his government chose to make an out-of-court settlement with Mr Moti.

The Opposition Leader also said the Prime Minister needs to respond to suggestions raised to him on this matter.

He says the Prime Minister’s silence raises a lot of questions.

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