Premier back with cops

| 12/12/2012

mac face_0.jpg(CNS): McKeeva Bush, the premier of the Cayman Islands, has been returned to police custody following his overnight bail at his home in West Bay. An RCIPS spokesperson confirmed Wednesday morning that Bush was once again being questioned by officers in connection with corruption enquiries. The premier was arrested on Tuesday morning and questioned throughout the day before being bailed in the evening. The RCIPS did not state at what time the premier was arrested or where he was being held. CNS understands that Bush was taken to the new marine base at Newlands yesterday but was moved from that location in the afternoon. Suresh Prasad, the second man arrested in the police probe and also bailed yesterday evening, is expected to return to police custody for further questioning later today.

While a number of Bush’s political opponents, his chief of staff, the governor and industry bodies have all released statements regarding the premier’s arrest and its impact on Cayman, the UDP and government ministers have remained quiet, stating only that they are aware of the “gravity” of the situation and that caucus meetings have been convened.

Several members of the party and Cabinet were at Bush’s House Tuesday evening but no statements or information about that gathering have been released.

Check back to CNS throughout the day for continued updates.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    In England and Wales there are three types of bail that can be given:

    • Police bail where a suspect is released without being charged but must return to the police station at a given time.
    • Police to court where having been charged a suspect is given bail but must attend his first court hearing at the date and Court given
    • Court bail where having already been in court a suspect is granted bail pending further investigation or while the case continues.
  2. Anonymous says:

    I dont understand cayman law. Why bail if no charge?

  3. Anonymous says:

    12:36…..that is a legitimate question being asked about bail.  Since you obviously don't know what bail is… normally refers to some sort of surety being presented in exchange for the release of one being held such as property or funds which are forfeited if the "bailed" person skips out.  Please CNS…let us know what "bail" was set at for madmac and who posted it.  Thanks

  4. Knot S Smart says:

    At last  CNS is being pro Mckeeva.

    For example the title reads 'Premier back with cops'.

    If they were anti Mckeeva then the title would have been:

    'Premier back in custody'  or even 'Premier Locked Up Again'….

  5. Anonymous says:

    Police bail means you are bailed no money it’s the UK system unlike the US you aren’t bailed on a money value –

  6. Anonymous says:

    Let my people go!

  7. Another Anon says:

    Of course the UDP did not release a statement! Big Mac was in lock up all day and therefore was not around to tell the rest of the UDP MLA's what to say.

  8. C.B. says:

    Interestingly whilst the rest of Opposition / C4C is asking for the Premier to resign, Alden McLaughlin saying its too early to call for him to resign.  News27 – . Who is right here?  Alden or the rest of Opposition?

  9. Anonymous says:

    The fact that the elected government has had zero to say about this tells you all you need to know about the UDP in its current form.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      How come this is not being aired on the Government TV Station. Bush explained he wanted an independent channel so the public can be brought up to date with meaningful news without influence from the press.

      • Anonymous says:

        LMAO I'd rather trust the press and other media than trust the current administration any day.

      • Anonymous says:

        Exactly right, I was trying to find the latest last night and not a word on "State TV". A little like North Korean TV, would you not say? Not credible at all. CNS, keep up the good work, tell it all as it is!! Everyone here has a right to know the truth.


        One of the best signs of a healthy democracy is a free press who can print the truth, but have to take responsibility for what they print if it proves false.

      • Anonymous says:

        This news is so yesterday, please move on with something of more substance like the EU and US proposed laws regarding tax jurisdictions.  Let the Cayman public see a copy of the two reports especially the letter from the US senate committee on the Cayman Islands.  Cayman had better get its financial house in order before it's too late. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly…Bush not there to tell them what to say….they're just not used to thinking for themselves.

    • Anonymous says:

      Absoposativalutely!! It’s a laughabl disgrace that no statement has been made.

    • Anonymous says:

      The Premier will not resign. This is all about bringing him down but he will not give them the pleasure and will retain his position.

  10. Message for C4C and Independents says:


    When considering the events concerning the arrest of the Cayman Islands Premier and the on-going investigations, I noticed a sharp contrast in the responses and actions of the different players involved in Caymanian Politics.

    The Immediate responses from the C4C and other Independents were pretty much aligned. They want the Premierto step down immediately. The PPM however was not out demanding that the Premier step down and instead Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin chose to give the UDP the appropriate time to assess their situation and perhaps take action themselves.

    I think that the PPM response to this situation is the most appropriate. Obviously Alden McLaughlin is not so concerned with the upcoming elections and the elimination of a key foe, but rather chose the high road of due process and not rushing to judgment, heaven forbid the Premier finds a way to maneuver out of this.

     I have to therefore admire the PPM for the position they have taken, by staying out of the media circus.

    The circumstances surrounding the Premiers arrest are a grave concern for the whole country and the PPM know that the entire UDP will be judged come Election Day 2013 based on how this event unfolds and how they manage the fallout from the event. There is no need for the politicking to begin now, as the more important issue at hand is to ensure overseas investors and residents alike that despite our great disappointment with the recent events, we are a still and will continue to be a stable democracy and we are able to continue on ; this too shall pass!

    I strongly urge the C4C and other independents to follow the lead of thePPM, do not turn this into a circus and do not look to get political mileage from the Premiers arrest. The situation will play out one way or the other but what the public is interested in is how each and every one of you will conduct yourselves if elected. We already know enough about the UDP to form our own opinions where ethics and conduct are concerned.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you read their release,

       all the good points you mention are therein

      please grow up and stop the BS

    • Anonymous says:

      This is typical PPM … "wait and see" … . Neither party will get my vote!

    • Anonymous says:

      Pardon me, but PPMs position is consistent with its level of opposition: WEAK.

      He STILL to timid to take real action for McKeevas removal, even NOW?!

      Too soft Alden, boo! Not impressed

  11. Anonymous says:


    My fridge, my beautiful stainless steel fridge…gone gone gone…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Gravity…big word!

    Now how about some decisive action?

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeh, we needed a more Gravity than the Earth has to have kept him a little closer to the ground… talking about all that traveling he was doing.

      Now we definaitely going to need all the Gravity in these cases to keep him glued to what the rest of us can see is Guilty, Guilty Guilty.

      Just my take.

    • Anonymous says:

      I asked my 3yr old niece what she thought and she said it was ‘serious’

  13. Anonymous says:

    CNS, can you please explain what the use of the term "bail" means in this context? Was there a bail amount set by a court? and/or securities were obtained as bail?

    • Anonymous says:

      10:23  I am surprised that by now you do not know what Bail means, you really asking that question.  Please please shut up.

      • Anonymous says:

        Why don’t you explain what it means in this instance Einstein.

      • Anonymous says:

        12.36, it's a fair question. Meanwhile, try and work on your syntax and punctuation, in particular capitalisation and use of commas. And cease being so rude. Thank you.

    • Anonymous says:

      The answer to your question can be found here; unless it is different in Cayman, I hope not!

      It states:- "If there's not enough evidence to charge you, you can be released on police bail. You don't have to pay to be released on police bail, but you'll have to return to the station for further questioning when asked"

    • Anonymous says:

      It means the boat is sinking and we have to get a bailer and bail the water out. But please hurry before we all sink in the ocean of stink.