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.