Misick family appeal for help for former TCI premier

| 09/01/2013

Michael-Misick.jpg(CNS): The family of the former Turks and Caicos Islands premier, who is currently held in a Brazilian high security jail, are appealing for him to come home. Michael Misick (46) was arrested in Rio last month on an international arrest warrant in connection with a corruption probe by the UK. The former controversial leader, who had fled his own country in the wake of the investigation, has already written an open letter from his jail cell saying that the TCI government does not need to apply for extradition for him as he wants to come home. Family members have now added their voices to Misick’s appeal in a letter sent to a local newspaper.

According to the SUN newspaper, one of Misick's sisters, Alith Misick Gardiner, said her brother was "crying out for help" from his maximum security prison. "Mike is being made to suffer in one of the worst prisons in the world even though he was never charged with any crime,” his sister told the local press. “He left the island without being questioned by Special Investigation and Prosecution.

“The Attorney General and SIPT representation to the Brazilians that he escaped lawful custody in order not to avoid being prosecuted is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. He has no right being detained in a maximum security prison. To be placed in a maximum security prison is wrong he was never convicted of any crime in Brazil or the Turks and Caicos Islands. His being placed in such a prison clearly shows that FCO and SIPT will stoop to any level to humiliate the former Premier," she added

Although not charged with any crime yet, Misick is wanted for questioning by the British-appointed prosecution team based in the TCI.

Misick’s sister said that neither the FCO nor the governor's office or SIPT has offered the family even basic information over his detention, including where he is being held and in what conditions and why the family has not been allowed to contact him. “It is shameful that what we know we have learned through the media,” Alith Misick added.

She asks how can anyone fight against Britain whose leaders are “hell bent on convicting him” and questioned if justice could ever be served for her brother.

“Would Britain or Brazil for that matter have stuck one of their former leaders in a prison that the UN has condemned as unfit for humans occupation, particularly where that leader is only being detained on the basis of allege non-violent crimes,” she asked.

Misick had sought political asylum in Brazil, where he has reportedly been living since October 2011, and had permission to reside in the country, though his application had been refused in November. On the day of his arrest he told the UK representatives that he wanted to return home but this request was reportedly denied and Misick was detained by the Brazilian authorities.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Is Misick any relation to Macsick?

  2. Anonymous says:

    You people cant see the wrong the British do, that why you remains like slaves devoted to them. Free your mine and the rest will follow. We will be right here when the Brits begin to disrespect you people and if you think it will end with the premier you got a lot to learn from other who they are taking advantage of. Look around you and see what happening and learn som sence. Not because it is done by whites it is right. You all have a long way to go fro national building, still have the slavery mantality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Educate yourself and you will be free from disrespecting everyone else.  You are only a slave to your third world mind.

    • Anonymous says:

      You should free your own mind by getting an education.

      "cant", "that why you remains", "free your mine", "som sence" etc.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Free yourself from mental slavery you people, your time will come and you will learn from us. We will be here to see you cry when the Brits take over you country and treat you people the way they are treating us.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Its amazing the rubbish you people write, is the Brits ever wrong in your site? You are blinded and have not respect for justice. Free you mind and the rest will follow. Britain will continue to divide and concour the caribbean thru politics because we are so happy to see our own go down withour even questioning some of britains actions. Cayman, if you think your people won`t be degraded with whats comming to you as a result of you Premiers assret them you have a lot to learn. Look around the caribbean and get the facts.

    • Anonymous says:

      Britain ruled for hundreds of years by keeping the masses uneducated, yourself being a prime example. Subsequent leaders, including your premier, decided not to mess with a good formula. 

    • Anonymous says:

      We did look around and decided to stay with the English.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Six months in a Brazilian prison might become more popular than gastric bypass surgery for ex-premiers who enjoyed too much of the good life.

  6. Anonymous says:

    It would be in the UDP's interest and many of their associates and colleagues to leave him where he is; others not only in Cayman but within the caribbean should take note.  The knock will soon be at your door or many too will get that 7:00am wake up call.

  7. Rufus T says:

    Mike Misick along with his brothers Washington and Chal are behind the collapse of our national bank, massive fraud with Crown Lands and a corrupt health care facility that was built in a non bid contract with the same private bank/construction company that lent Mike and his ministers over $19m. The honest residents of the TCI rejoice that Mike has found new accommodation in a Brazilian jail. Let him rot there.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hope all the honest residents of TCI will have a better future and prosper.  Let's hope that for CI too.

  8. St Peter says:

    I hear the women in Rio are so very beautiful…

    Too bad for poor Misick – I guess he cant see them from where he sits…

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh how the mighty do fall!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps life in that Brazilian jail is no joke.  I say let him stew for while.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Maybe Ellio or Mike can start a collection can for Misick as well, they will need his help in the next few months!

    • Anonymous says:

      Not so fast with the collection plate in Cayman for Misick, last good thing that I heard about Misick is that many of his people TCI Belongers are supporting him as he did allow many of them to sit and benefit at the table of the country while the times were good.  His people does not like the fact that he allegedly squandered so much of the country's money to entertain "B" listers from Hollywood but they are satisfied with the infrastructure that his administration put in place compared to what they had prior to his time in office. Misick  problems began with  running and listening to the wrong crowd.  His family warned him about it but as usual he would not listen, his close associates in the Bahamas and extended family there warned him about his association with a group of people from a certain caribbean island and he would not listen and distance himself from them thus the contribution to his great down fall.

  12. Anonymous says:

    "The Attorney General and SIPT representation to the Brazilians that he escaped lawful custody in order not to avoid being prosecuted is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts".

    Mmm. Interesting double negative. Does that mean they are agreeing that he did escape lawful custody in order to avoid being prosecuted?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I sympathize with his family but the FCO, SIPT or Brazil are not to be held responsible for Mike's problems.  He should have stayed in his country to face the charges it was his decision to leave TCI and seek political asylum in Brazil.  I pray for his safe return to TCI and trust that he will answer the questions that are posed to him. 


  14. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone else enjoying watching the humiliation?

    • Anon says:

      Me!…me!…me!……it SOOOOO sad he is uncomfortable.

      Maybe he should have thought of that when he fled to Brazil that if it allwent wrong he might end up in a Brazilian jail. Those wheels of justice can turn very slowly.

      You get what you deserve.

    • Anonymous says:

      The real fun and humiliation will come when Mike begins to sing and people, here there and everywhere begin to fall like humpty dumpty from their great walls.  Oh I long for the day, but knowing the tidal waves that it will cause poor Mike might just stay in Brazil until you hear that he is not of mental capacity to stand trial by a court of law or a jury of his "pears".  In my opinion Mike has already begin to fade reading his letter from prison.  It is really sad to see a young man who made his mark long before politics regress so far because of corruption.  It is indeed humiliating to see because this man comes from one of the most prominent family in Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Plenty watching the humiliation, for one LisaRay McCoy and her group of Hollywood "D" list  friends that used him while the going was good.  He should have listened to those who warned him…. same thing about to happen here kind of remind me of Samson, a tragic end to a world of possibilities.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Anyone have change for a Jamaican dollar, just in case I have to split my defense contributions between Mac and Misick?

    • Anonymous says:

      You had better keep that Jamaican dollar for the defense fund of the one that gave you status.  I believe Mike gave the belonger status of his country to rich folks who will be able to donate large amounts to his legal defense if that ever becomes necessary, seeing that he come from a family tree of no less than 10 lawyers with one of his brothers being one of the best in the caribbean.  

  16. Anonymous says:

    Leave him where he is, UDP, take note