More charges brought in TCI corruption enquiry

| 08/02/2012

Clayton-Greene-31.jpg(CNS): The Turks and Caicos Attorney General Hugh Shepheard said two more people have been charged this week in connection with the wide scale corruption investigation in the UK overseas territory. “The Special Investigation Prosecution Team today charged two people in connection to their on-going work,” officials from TCI said in a statement released Tuesday. “The first was a 42 year old male who was charged with conspiring to receive bribes, the second, a 47 year old male was charged with money laundering.” Clayton Greene the leader of the PNP has confirmed he is one of the people that has been charged.

In a statement Greene denied doing anything wrong and said he would be vindicated.

I encourage the special investigators to move quickly to bring me before the courts," he said. "It is necessary that these matters be determined sooner rather than later so that the country and its people can begin again to move forward."

The identity of the second person has not yet been released but they are both expected to appear in the Magistrates Court in Providenciales, on Friday, 10 Feb.

Over the last few months the Special Investigation Prosecution Team  has made several arrests of former politicians as well as business men and recovered millions of dollars of misappropriated government cash.

The TCI Sun reported this week that preliminary court hearings concerning  Jak Civre, Floyd Hall, Lisa Hall, Richard Padgett, Lillian Boyce, Jeffrey Hall, Chal Misick, Samuel Been, Melbourne Wilson, Earlson Robinson and Quinton Hall have been postponed after defence teams were not given enough time to review the documents in the case relating to the charges against their clients.

The SIPT began investigating reports of serious fraud and corruption following a Commission of Inquiry chaired by Sir Robin Auld which led to the UK instigating direct rule of the territory.

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  1. uk visitor says:

    One must wonder how they couldn't have an internal investigation without a British takeover, dissolving TCI's elected cabinet, refusing them from having general elections, causing their Central Bank to liquidate, and causing many private businesses to pull out of the country, and on top of that, forever ruining their financial industry by a bad reputation of corruption. The British way of doing things, stinks!

    • Anonymous says:

      How many 'internal' investigations in Cayman and nothing ever happens!

      • Mr. Royalty says:

        Simple … you have investigators who come here and don't know the hell what they arre doing! Misick could have been investigated in his own country, prosecuted, and jailed! The people's democracy could have continued, but you have thirst for power in high places. Think!

    • Anonymous says:

      So are you saying that the option is to let a totally corrupt sustem continue?  You can not count on the corrupt politicians to clean up thier own house.  We see that here in Cayman where our leaders try to block the peoples access to information.

      • Mr. Royalty says:

        I think he is merely saying, why replace a corrupt system for another corrupt system?

    • Anonymous says:

      Why is the UK riding the backs of the TCI when the same identical behavior is being duplicated in the Cayman Islands. Its not fair to do this to TCI and not deal with the Cayman Islands too?
      Both these territories are using the same text book to play their games.
      Why are they being treated differently?
      Is the Cayman Islands more valuable to the UK than Turks and Caicos?
      Someone please explain what level of bureaucracy is at work here, and why? It is disturbing and confusing.

  2. ChrisJohnson says:

    You have no idea my friend as to what is going on in TCI . Let me remind you of over twenty arrests including eight politicians and Misick when he arrives next. He does not travel there. That I can assure you of. Please keep up to date.

    • Anonymous says:

      FYI, the first and second year of TCI's takeover, Misick was flying high, back and forth on first class. Speaking boldly about the colonial system and nothing he wasn't touched. It was until just last year they decided to freeze his accounts.

      My point is – if they can't run a country like TCI as a dictator and deal with the criminals there on time, imagine them trying to run England under a state of emergency with so much terrorists.  It is just a CA CA DU-DU MESS!!

  3. bradley says:

    Mind-bloggling!  You mean to tell me, since the middle of 2009 when they took over TCI and establish a dictatorship, they are now beginning to arrest people???  I don't know if this is just to make themselves look good or just more reasons to pay their investigators and friends, big monies from the taxpayers!  What is so mind-bloggling, is to see Michael Misick (the former Premier) traveling in and out of the country, and still he has never seen the prison!  Oh… I forgot, they're working on it!  Everyday, it is becoming quite clear, that the FCO really had no evidence to pin on Misick. There is corruption, but that it takes them so long to pin it on someone there, shows to me they had other agendas other than justice!   

    • Anonymous says:

      Bradley, I think you will most likely find that its taken so long due to the factthat it has been going on for so long. The paper trail or lack thereof will be causing the delay in arresting people.

      Austin Harris, whatever you do don't mention this on your show again or a full sized ad / apology in the Compass will be in order.

      How old is Mac again?

    • Anonymous :-) says:

      lol… SPOT ON!

    • Anonymous says:

      One can collect more evidence with time. This is essential as it seems our scum of the earth Caribbean politicians can get off with any twist or turn.


    • Chrisjohnson says:

      So far over twenty arrests including eight politicians. The corruption was so vaste it has taken two years to come to grips with it. Compare it to BCCI which liquidation took ten years. I can assure you there is more to come. Certain elements of the corruption are actually here. Let us hope the FCO do not look too closely although my guess is that they have for the last year.