The following statement was released today by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State:
The Minister for the Overseas Territories, Chris Bryant, Friday made the following statement in response to the motion tabled in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 22 October calling for the Cayman Islands Government to consider taking legal action against the United Kingdom Government and suggesting that the Governor may have misused or abused his power while in public office.
‘I have seen and noted that the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly has rejected a motion asking their government to consider taking legal action to recover costs associated with Operations Tempura and Cealt from the UK Government and suggesting that the Governor may have misused or abused his power while in office.
‘I firmly believe that this is the right outcome for all concerned. It is in no-one’s interests to pursue such a case.
‘I absolutely reject any suggestion that the Governor has acted in any way other than in the best interests of the government and people of the Cayman Islands. I am satisfied that he has at all times acted in accordance with the Constitution. In order to address the allegations of corruption, it was right to undertake these investigations and it is important that they are seen through to a conclusion. I also reject the suggestion that the UK Government should meet the costs of these investigations, which are entirely a matter for the Cayman Islands Government.’