Editorial for March 16: Still waiting for Temp answers

Readers may have taken little notice, but another non-announcement regarding the now infamous Operation Tempura corruption investigation was issued from the Cayman Islands Governor’s Office Tuesday.

This one was to do with a complaint filed with the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office by two former leaders of the investigation. The complaint – in all aspects – was dismissed by Governor Duncan Taylor who gave no details of what the complaint involved or the reasoning he used in arriving at his decision to dismiss it.  

Such public “statements”, sadly, are par for the course when it comes to this case; from all parties involved.

Frankly, we can neither agree nor disagree with the governor’s pronouncement since it contains barely any information at all.

A complaint filed by a retired cop and a disbarred lawyer who – to put it mildly – both have major axes to grind when it comes to the failed investigation they led, may not be the best vehicle to uncover what really happened in this embarrassment known as Operation Tempura.

However, there are miles of uncovering left to be done.

And we hope the Governor will be a bit more, ah, verbose when discussing these issues in the future.

Among the issues:

  1. What was the resolution of the 70-odd complaints of misconduct and corruption that followed the initial announcement of the Operation Tempura investigation? We have so far been told that most of these cases were closed, but any results have not been made public as they should.
  2. What will happen with RCIPS Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Dixon? He simply cannot be kept on leave forever.
  3. Will lawsuits filed by former Police Commissioner Stuart Kernohan and retired Inspector Burmon Scott ever appear before a court of law? The Cayman Islands is still waiting.

Hopefully, the public will receive answers to these questions sooner rather than later.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I fail to see how this gagging agreement protects anyone except the complainant.

    Martin Bridger is no longer a public servant, so the sanctions available to enforce the confidentiality agreement are pretty much non-existent.

    In addition the original complaint was never a secret document, at least one journalist in the UK has seen it and Bridgers partners at Amicus (or SBP as it is now known) have hardly been keeping quiet about it, so its not very hard to work out what might be in the Governors report.

    If the object of the excercise is, as I suspect, to try and quietly kill off debate about Operation Tempura it hasnt worked. There are now even more questions being asked and more complaints in the pipeline.

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  2. Its common practice in the Cayman Islands version of democracy.

    Its that version of democracy that led to the investigations in the first place.

    The Caycompass editorial asks the relevant, outstanding questions; maybe an official FOI request should be the way to go.

    As long as the Governor of the Cayman Islands and the Commissioner of Police of the Cayman Islands continue to cover up the results of Operation Tempura and Cealt, the shadow and stigma of police corruption will remain hanging over this entire affair.

    No amount of public denials will ever change what appears to be evidence that there was legitimate reasons for those investigations as long as the evidence itself remains hidden by these two high-ranking British officials.

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