Gov: Conspiracy allegations against judges ‘unfounded’

The following is the full
text of a statement released Friday afternoon by Cayman Islands Governor Duncan
Taylor regarding the Operation Tempura investigation:

“In early Summer,
2010 Mr. Martin Polaine made a complaint to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
about certain aspects of the Operation Tempura investigation in the Cayman Islands. The complaint was referred to me, as
Governor, for consideration.  Mr. Martin Bridger later asked to be considered a
joint complainant.  Mr. Polaine subsequently withdrew his complaint and Mr.
Bridger took full ownership of it.   

“I was not the
Governor during the period of Operation Tempura and did not have first-hand
knowledge of events which had transpired during those years.  Due to the factual
and legal complexity of the
complaint and the large amount of documents which had to be considered, in late
August 2010 I instructed independent Queen’s Counsel from London to advise me on how
to proceed. 

have now received detailed legal advice in respect of the complaint.  I am still
considering some aspects of that advice but I have reached a conclusion in
regard to the complaint as it touches on the Judiciary.  I have dismissed all
the complaints made against the Judiciary, namely those complaints made against
the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice [Alex] Henderson and Mr. Justice [Sir Peter] Cresswell.  

have seen an article in the Financial Times dated 13 January 2011 touching upon
some of these matters.  The a
referred to in that article appear to be similar to certain allegations in the
complaint.  I consider that any allegations raised against the Judiciary of the
Cayman Islands in that article inferring that they had conspired to frustrate or
interfere with Operation Tempura are unfounded and without

“In due course
and once I have concluded consideration of all aspects of the complaint I shall
make a further statement.

“I would like to
take this opportunity to make clear that I have every confidence in the
Judiciary of the Cayman Islands.”


  1. Hopefully, those named by Messrs Bridger and Polaine in the Financial times article will now take suitable civil action against all concerned.

    Now could we have a proper investigation into the connections between Martin Bridger, Martin Polaine and BGP?

  2. I find the Governors statement difficult to understand. Why is it necessary at this point?
    Surely he should wait until a final statement (if that will ever be possible in these very muddied waters)can be made?
    At least the politicians are (for the moment) being quiet; a minimal blessing.

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