Tempura witness wants repayment

A claim for repayment of expenses by a key witness in the former Operation Tempura criminal investigation has been filed in the UK.

Former Cayman Islands journalist John Evans is asking the UK Metropolitan Police Service to refund him 4,898.40 (CI$6,410) for out-of-pocket expenses incurred for lodging while he was kept in Cayman by the police, as well as for a return flight and incidental expenses.

Mr. Evans claims in court documents that he spent some �2,400 between May and July 2008 on rent while he was required to stay in Cayman by the Operation Tempura investigating team.

The team was looking into allegations of misconduct and corruption within the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and wanted Mr. Evans as a witness in the trial of former Cayman Islands MLA Lyndon Martin.

Mr. Evans said he exhausted his savings during that three-month period when he was no longer employed by Cayman Net News.

In addition, the former journalist is claiming expenses for incidental costs incurred when a preliminary inquiry hearing in June 2008 he was required to attend never took place. He also wants costs for a one-way plane ticket from Grand Cayman to London’s Heathrow Airport on 31 July, 2008 repaid.

‘The Metropolitan Police Service [is] fully aware of the details of the claim, which has been the subject of lengthy correspondence,’ Mr. Evans wrote in the claim form.

Previously, the Met has declined to pay Mr. Evans’ expenses.

He has filed a complaint with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service against Met team investigators here in Cayman, which alleges they did not investigate criminal claims Mr. Evans brought to their attention.

That complaint is under review by the RCIPS Complaints and Discipline Unit.