Transparency Solomon Islands says the Government should publicly explain why it wants to settle the Julian Moti issue out of court.
In a statement this week, T-S-I says the Moti issue is a legal matter and the public interest is best served by waiting until Mr. Moti lodges a claim against the Solomon Islands Government before any attempt is made to negotiate a settlement.
T-S-I adds the organisation cannot see why the Government should feel pressured to settle the issue now and questions if the proposal to negotiate come from Mr. Moti or from the Solomon Islands Government.
The anti-corruption watchdog says Mr. Moti is entitled to launch legal action against the Solomon Islands Government under private international law.
T-S-I says the country will not know the basis of Mr. Moti’s claim, or the amount that he is demanding, until he initiates the necessary legal action.
T-S-I says the public needed to know why the Government is in such a hurry to settle the Moti issue while many other Government priorities and issues are left unaddressed.