Year in review: March 2010

March

Eight days, six shootings

The Cayman Islands
experienced a spate of crime during the month of March, which saw six shootings
in eight days, in a flurry of incidents that injured four people and left one
man dead.

Some of the shootings that
occurred between 4 March and 11 March were believed to be gang related or
retaliatory, while others such as the 11 March shooting of Marcus Duran was
believed to have stemmed from a botched robbery attempt.

At
the time, Attorney General Sam Bulgin said he would be proposing several
changes to criminal procedure laws that would allow cases to move more quickly
through the courts and which would also allow police to arrest individuals for
more minor offences. Though he cautioned that, “Legislation alone will not tame
this beast.”

 

No direct taxation

A major development during
the month of March, 2010 was the United Kingdom not requiring the Cayman
Islands Government to implement direct taxation as a way of getting through the
territory’s financial crisis.

Premier McKeeva Bush led a
delegation to London to discuss the findings of a three-person independent
commission that analysed the fiscal problems being faced by the Cayman Islands.

A document referred to as
the Miller Report was made public on 12 March. It made several recommendations,
the first of which being that the government not impose direct taxation.

 

Hostage taking scheme foiled

In
a case that was believed to be the first of its kind in the Cayman Islands, a
young man was abducted for ransom.

According to the Royal
Cayman Islands Police Service, the man managed to escape his captors, who were
later arrested. The victim suffered some injuries to his arms, legs and face
and was taken to the George Town Hospital, where was treated and reunited with
his family.

The abductors had allegedly
phoned the man’s mother and threatened to kill him if his family did not pay a
ransom. Police said the woman was allowed to speak with her son during that
phone call and that the caller demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars for
his release.

The abductors are currently
before the court.

 

Cold front freezes CI economy

In March, 2010, former
Cabinet Minister Charles Clifford criticised the People’s Progressive Movement
for not supporting his planned protest March.

Mr. Clifford issued a
release saying he had cancelled the march because of the party’s lack of
support. He has since left the Party.

At the time his statement
said the absence of the Party with regard to the march would mean that the
organisational support and resources would have been lacking and would prevent
them from achieving success in the reversal of the United Democratic Party’s
changes to immigration policies.

Mr. Clifford was opposing changes to the immigration policy
defining 20 specific position in the financial industry being categorized as
key employees positions in the Cayman Islands Gazette in January, 2010.

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