Immigration officer to appeal firing

A former official at the Cayman Islands Immigration Department who was terminated from his job in May will appeal his firing, according to his attorney.

Gary Watler lodged his appeal 15 June, his lawyer Clyde Allen said this week.

Watler was one of two people suspended in February from the Immigration Department following an internal investigation into alleged breaches of Immigration Law.

‘It is breaches of the Immigration Law which would be criminal offences in our minds,’ Chief Immigration Officer Franz Manderson said at the time (see Caymanian Compass, 5 March).

‘The allegation was that he was employing…an individual without a work permit,’ Mr. Allen said. ‘Now…that would be a matter that would ordinarily appear before the court. That never happened.’

Mr. Watler has never been arrested or charged with any crime in connection with this case. However, he was terminated in an 18 May letter received from Acting Chief Immigration Officer Kerry Nixon, according to Mr. Allen.

Mr. Allen said it’s unclear who will hear Mr. Watler’s appeal. He said it’s customary for such cases to be heard by the Civil Service Appeals Commission.

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