Editorial for January 18: Complainers

The Cayman Islands Governor’s Office is looking into some complaints from the former leaders of the Operation Tempura corruption investigation.

These complaints have been filed by disbarred attorney Martin Polaine and a retired policeman, Martin Bridger, who couldn’t get a conviction of anyone for anything after spending two years and CI$10 million.

We are assured by the governor’s office that these complaints are indeed serious and wide-ranging and deserve a good deal of looking into.

However, since neither the complainers nor the governor was particularly forthcoming about the details of the matter, all we have to go on is a summary in a report from the Financial Times. This summary would indicate that the disbarred attorney and former policeman are alleging – at the very least – improper behaviour by certain members of the Cayman Islands Grand Court.

Meanwhile, those filing the complaint also reference the 70 or so claims of police misconduct and corruption that were made in the wake of the initial Operation Tempura investigation.

On the latter point, we at the Compass agree that those complaints should be investigated in a professional and thorough manner. The results of all of these investigations where complaints have been substantiated should be made public, at the very least, when the cases are completed.

But we wonder about the wisdom of spending more time on the various complaints of Mr. Bridger and Mr. Polaine. If these men had issues with the rulings of the chief justice or other judges, it seems the time to have made those complaints was while they were here, not after one formally apologised to the Cayman Islands court for the wrongful arrest of a judge and the other was removed from the investigation.

Time can heal wounds and can also serve to erase memories. But the damage these two individuals have done to the Cayman Islands should not be swiftly forgotten, and we hope the governor will take that into consideration while deliberating on their complaints.


  1. And please bear in mind that Martin Bridger has been working for Martin Polaines company – Amicus Legal Consultants – since he left the Cayman Islands in 2009 and was made a director of that company in December 2010.

    This is not about two individuals filing separate complaints but about two colleagues, now co-directors of Amicus, who wasted about 2 million of public money by unlawfully arresting of one of the judges recently named by Mr Polaine in the Financial Times.

  2. A very wise and Solomonic editorial position by Caycompass.

    There were always two differing sets of circumstances in this case; one a very complicated one involving a very grey area in Caymans position as a BOT not fully human rights compliant and the other, a pretty straightforward issue of well-known corruption that existed within the ranks of the RCIPS.

    Many people in the public realm associate police corruption with bribery of police for favours granted by financial means and in most countries, that is the main issue surrounding police corruption.

    Not so, in the Cayman Islands.

    If police corruption did exist within the ranks of the RCIPS, it was allowed to exist with tactile, official approval from superiors and political support by simply not acknowledging it and looking the other way because it was not considered serious enough to warrant attention.

    When the big brown stuff finally did hit the fan, it was certainly bigger than anything that had been done within the rank and file of the RCIPS before and involved much more powerful and untouchable individuals.

    If Bridgers complaint (Polaines has been dropped) does not turn into a major issue with the FCO, then the matter will die a natural death.

    It will be a disservice to the Caymanian public who filed complaints if the results of those complaints are never made public.

    Forgiveness can only come with repentance and even if certain member or former members of the RCIPS have been punished in secret, it does not resolve the matter for their victims.

    I hope that the spirit of this Caycompass editorial will influence the decision made by the CoP to fully release the decisions on these outstanding complaints and lay this matter to rest once and for all.

    The Caymanian public deserve no less than this.

  3. This was a scam of major proportion. The money lined the pockets of those that knew exactly how to unethically manipulate the system. I have to admit that I am disappointed that CC didnt figure this out. Good luck with the FOIA, they will block you completely.
    As they always say, Follow the Money.

    SCAM Buster

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