Thursday, December 27, 2007

Moti charged with child sex offences

Former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti has been charged with child sex and tourism offences at Brisbane International Airport tonight.

Moti has been deported to Australia and is accused of raping a 13-year-old girl in Vanuatu in 1997.

He evaded Australian police for 14 months, but was arrested at a house in Honiara today.

He arrived at Brisbane International Airport tonight, closely guarded by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, after losing a last ditch legal bid to stay in the Solomons.

He was taken to the Brisbane watch house and charged with engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under 16.

Moti was remanded in custody and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 17 years imprisonment.

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