Judge awarded $1.3M damages

Cayman Islands Grand Court Justice Alexander Henderson has been awarded CI $1.275 million in a settlement for his unlawful arrest and unlawful searches of his home and office last year.

A statement issued this afternoon from the Campbell’s law firm called the agreement a “satisfactory settement” and indicated no further comment would be made.

The cash for the settlement was denied by Cayman Islands Cabinet members last month, but Governor Stuart Jack went to the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office for permission to force the money through.

The settlement will be paid for out of the Caymanian government’s coffers.

Mr. Henderson was arrested on 24 September in connection with vague allegations of misuse of office by an independent police team which has been operating in Cayman since September 2007.

A visiting judge later ruled that the police search of Mr. Henderson’s home and office was illegal and ordered an inquiry into damages.

Read more in this week’s editions of the Caymanian Compass….