complaint filed with the police professional standards unit in 2009 that
claimed investigators with the former Operation Tempura team were ignoring
criminal complaints brought to them has been closed by the Royal Cayman Islands
to John Evans, a police witness in the misconduct and corruption investigation,
two of Tempura’s former top investigators essentially refused to do their jobs.
Tempura was a two-year long probe of alleged misconduct within the police
service that ended up spreading into the local judiciary. No criminal
convictions were obtained following two trials; one of a former Legislative
Assembly member and another which involved a still-suspended deputy police
Investigating Officer] Martin Bridger and [Inspector] Richard Coy…received
details of alleged criminal activities but, because of personal involvement
with the subject of those allegations…failed to either investigate the
allegations or pass them on to another officer,” the complaint filed by Mr.
‘subject’ of Mr. Evans claims, newspaper publisher Desmond Seales, died in
July. The Caymanian Compass has never reported the specific nature of Mr.
Evans’ allegations for legal reasons.
sent to Mr. Evans from RCIPS Chief Inspector Harlan Powery on Thursday indicated
that the police professional standards unit had ended the complaint without
taking any action.
has closed the investigation into your complaint; due to the fact the
individuals you complained of are no longer members of the RCIPS,” wrote Mr.
Powery. “In addition, both Mr. Coy and Mr. Bridger have long since departed our
Powery then thanked the complainant for bringing the matter to the RCIPS’
Bridger and Mr. Coy, along with several other officers from the UK Metropolitan
Police force in London came to the Cayman Islands at various times between late
2007 and early 2008 to assist in a complex investigation that first involved
claims of an improper relationship between a local newspaper publisher and a
deputy police commissioner. After those allegations were proved to be
unfounded, investigators moved into a spin off investigation that led to the
temporary removal of three top police commanders.
two British officers were initially seconded from the UK Met force, but later
were among four investigators employed as special constables of the Royal
Cayman Islands Police Service and were paid from local government coffers.
for comment about the RCIPS’ decision, Mr. Evans said: “I’m surprised that the
RCIPS has dropped it, considering the complaint Mr. Bridger has filed with the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office.”
Bridger, and former Operation Tempura legal advisor Martin Polaine, filed a
complaint last year that alleged that certain ‘misbehaviour’ had occurred
during the investigation amongst members of the UK foreign office, the local
judiciary, and the attorney general’s office.
Duncan Taylor has since declared that allegations against the judiciary made by
Mr. Bridger (Mr. Polaine has since dropped the complaint) were unfounded. Mr.
Taylor has said there are still matters being reviewed in connection with the
complaint and that he intends to make the full issue public at the appropriate