British told US before T&C constitutional suspension

| 06/10/2011

(Turks & Caicos Sun): For at least three months before the Constitution of the Turks and Caicos Islands was suspended, former Governor Gordon Wetherell told officials at the US Embassy in The Bahamas that was “certain” about direct rule being imposed on this country. That’s according to a US Embassy cable that was created on June 13th, 2009 and released by WikiLeaks on August 30, 2011. The cable said Wetherell acknowledged to the US Ambassador  that the relationship between former Governor Richard Tauwhare and former Premier Michael Misick was “uncomfortably close”.

Commenting on the suspension of the Constitution which actually took place on August 14, 2009, the US Embassy cable stated:  “Gordon Wetherell, Britain's new governor of the tiny Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) British Overseas Territory just to the south of The Bahamas, told Embassy Nassau Charge that he is certain that the final report from a Commission of Inquiry into gross mismanagement by ex-Premier Michael Misick – due to be made public in the next few weeks – will cause London to suspend TCI's constitution and its elected House of Assembly,” the cable said.

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