Misick charged with bribery

| 07/01/2014

(CNS) Updated: Following his extradition home to Turks and Caicos from Brazil, the beleaguered former premier, Michael Misick, has now been charged with conspiracy to bribe. Officials confirmed earlier Tuesday that Misick had arrived in TCI and was expected to be charged with a number of offences. The charges relate to the on-going probe in TCI triggered by the 2009 Commission of Inquiry, which found evidence of systemic corruption during Misick's tenure as the UK territory's leader. Misick’s bail application was initially rejected by a TCI magistrate, before being accepted on appeal by the Turks and Caicos chief justice. Misick was unable to meet bail conditions, officials said, so was remanded to the local jail.

Officals now plan to apply to add Misick's case to the Information against  his co-accused, who are scheduled to face trial in July.

Earlier today the TCI governor's office offered its thanks to the Brazilian authorities and welcomed Misick's return.

“The UK Government welcomes the arrival of former Premier Michael Misick in Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) to face a number of serious charges relating to corruption and maladministration during his time in office," a statement from the governor's office said.

“It is important for the people of TCI, a UK Overseas Territory, that the rule of law is respected and due process is followed. It will now be down to the TCI Courts to consider Michael Misick’s case as well as that of 14 others charged with similar offences.”

Misick was questioned by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, which was set up to investigate the corruption allegations back in 2010.

When Misick was implicated in the investigation he fled and was on the run for some time before he was arrested in Brazil over a year ago on an Interpol warrant.

The current TCI premier, Rufus Ewing, said he welcomed the return of Misick to the "home that he loves, and to his family and friends, who have all been praying for his safe return. Premier Misick will be processed and I trust that through the will of God, fairness and justice will prevail and the rule of law will be executed in a manner that is fair, respectful and transparent as it upholds his basic human rights," he added.

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  1. StopDCoruptionist says:

    When in the hell are they coming to Cayman? Same shit happening in this joint! 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has Rufus gone mad? The last thing Misick wants is fairness and justice to prevail.

  3. Whodatis says:

    Oh well, many people consider ex British Prime Minister Tony "War Crimes" Blair a hero and gather in crowds to welcome that current board member of an Iraq-based oil company … we've seen such crowds right here in Cayman.

    To each his own I guess.

    (Breaking News: Rupert Murdoch just phoned in to confirm that his name is not on the extensive list of Tony-lovers!)

    🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its an odd thing, but there are some so blind they will not see!

    There are some in the Islands for example that lost their everything in the First Cayman Bank disaster, did they remember who had been a director of that operation as they cast their vote?

    There are many in Cayman that dont quite understand that the role of MLA is not there for plundering, that think it is quite understandable to use their role to profit from their civic functions. Those are the kind of people that think Misick is some kind of hero. Maybe they got a fridge from him, or some other benefit that gave them reason to give him their vote, never quite understanding that they might win a fridge, but they lost so much more! 

    Lets hope that when he comes to trial, they let the scales drop from their eyes ( I AM referring to Misick of course, heaven forfend that you should think I meant someone closer to home).

  5. S. Jobs says:

    If it is the same Andrew Mitchell that appeared in the Euro Bank fiasco Misick has it made in the shade!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Some people ain't got no shame.  How could anyone support a politician like that?  Guess we'll soon find that out here too.

    • Anonymous says:

      The ones who had a vote to sell, who have taken public funds as personal gifts, scholarships not deserved, those who benefit by getting public landstransferred to them. Those who had the rules changed to suit them, that went on publicly funded vacations in private jets and who were given contracts withut due process. Those are the ones getting ready to celebrate his homecoming and praying the trough from which they fed will return.

      Wait, who am I taking about again, is this here or Turks?

      • The Seeker says:

        Who the Cap fits let him wear ot, and he who laughs last laughs best.