Over the weekend, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service
revealed that Premier McKeeva Bush was involved in three police investigations.
This followed an address made by Mr. Bush on Thursday night in which he said he
knew of no police investigations concerning him.
This was a curious statement
from Mr. Bush since Governor Duncan Taylor publicly confirmed in June 2011 that
an investigation was started in February 2010 into alleged financial
irregularities in a land deal involving Mr. Bush and American developer Stan
Thomas back in 2004. However, Mr. Bush has said he has never been contacted or
interviewed by police on the matter.
Mr. Taylor and the RCIPS kept that
investigation secret for about 16 months. When questioned, Mr. Taylor initially
refused to acknowledge that the investigation involved Mr. Bush, but he later
did so after details were reported in the media.
This weekend, The RCIPS
apparently needed no media pressure before shocking the country with the
announcement of two more investigations involving Mr. Bush, although it did not
reveal the nature of one of those investigations. Mr. Bush responded Sunday
night almost predictably, saying this was just the latest effort by the UK to
destabilise and embarrass the Cayman Islands.
Since the investigations have now
been announced – which do indeed damage the reputation of Mr. Bush and the
Cayman Islands – let’s hope the RCIPS has real reason to proceed with the
investigations. It’s not like the RCIPS and FCO haven’t bungled multiple
investigations in recent years, starting with the EuroBank fiasco and running
through the Operation Tempura debacle. We can only hope that Metropolitan
Police officers aren’t here for another Cayman Islands jolly of bar-hopping,
women and rubber floats around their waist.
The first investigation into Mr.
Bush, at 26 months and running, has already taken far too long. Either there’s
evidence to indict or there’s not.
Governor Taylor’s mandate includes good governance,
and we support his efforts in this. Good governance must start with swift
justice. When foreign journalists start writing about the first investigation
being “the sort of incompetent, expensive fiasco the Cayman Islands and its
mother country… are known for” it’s no wonder Mr. Bush is crying foul.