Editorial for 24 April: Swift justice needed indeed

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.


  1. That’s a very apt description of Operations Tempura and Cealt.

    The warning comment about foreign journalists is, with at least two UK national newspapers still watching the as yet incomplete Tempura/Cealt fiasco, also very timely.

    I do not apologise for repeating this because the whole McKeeva Bush investigation saga (some of which can probably be traced back to Tempura/Cealt) makes a harsh contrast to the Governor’s absolute refusal to accept evidence of serious irregularities in the conduct of Operation Tempura and the FCO’s blatant interference with my attempts to find out what went on.

    I suspect the difference here is that FCO officials can happily pick on a Caymanian knowing there will be no comeback whatever the outcome but Tempura was an FCO-led operation and heads may roll in King Charles Street if the truth comes out.

    Amongst the grounds being put forward by the FCO in their refusal to release the Aina report are that such disclosure will harm relations between the Cayman Islands and the UK and may interfere with good governance – those considerations do not seem very much in evidence here do they?

  2. John,

    The last paragraph of this comment carries the weight of the truth behind it and that is extremely hard to argue against.

    My burning question is this; how and where does David Baines, his RCIPS, Governor Duncan Taylor and the clones at the FCO get the unrestrained and unlimited power from to do what they do and have done in the Cayman Islands, when they do not and will never have that kind of power in the United Kingdom ?

    When the last Labour Govt’s politicians were accused and found guilty of expense fraud, they were swiftly convicted and jailed, or exonerated, under all their rights and privileges…and responsibilities of British law.

    They were not and could not be held to ransom by any police officer, no matter how high in rank; this is honestly beginning to resemble official blackmail to force McKeeva Bush out of office.

    I know that we have disagreed on some aspects of Operation Tempura and Cealt, but never in principle.

    This ‘witch-hunt’ against McKeeva Bush could never be conducted against David Cameron or any other member of the British Parliament by any Chief Constable of any police force in Britian, which is all David Baines amounts to, nothing more.

    As you have rightly indicated, there is a whole lot going on here that I sincerely hope that certain elements in the British press finally take full interest in…

    And pursues it to its bitter and sordid end.

    We both know that what they will uncover will not be a pretty sight.

  3. Arriving at a just conclusion requires that the investigators have full information.

    Justice could be done much quicker if the person under investigation proactively went to the police and provided all the information that they need to conclude the matter. That is what Arden McLean did and the investigation into the accusations against him were concluded very quickly. That is what the Premier should do and he should step aside as Premier until the investigations are concluded so as to be able to use all his energy to deal with these allegations quickly.

  4. A question for Jose P; What makes you think that the Premier is not cooperating with the investigations against him? Do you know something we don’t? Clearly if no one has contacted him, he is unable to answer anyway. One needs to be aware of allegations in order to deal with them adequately.

    Caymanians are falling prey to the simple tactic of devide and rule, but with a twist. Listening to persons take speculation to the Nth degree in relation to these investigations against the Premier is obvious proof of the attempt to let the Premier suffer politically whilst the so-called investigations run on indefinitely. Does anyone think that if he is finally absolved of these investigations, we could put the genie back in the bottle? Certain political ‘leaders’ are complicit and exploiting these issues to their benefit, but woe to the man who digs a grave, without knowing who the corpse might be. What they are seeking to bury is McKeeva Bush, but they might very well be burying the political (such as it is) and economic independence of the Cayman Islands.

  5. Could a competent authority tell me the answer to the following questions?

    If any of our elected officials are subject to an allegation of criminal conduct (that cannot immediately be dismissed as untrue), does this mean they are then the subject to an investigation (covert or otherwise)?

    If the answer is YES, is it possible that any one of them could be under investigation and not be aware of it at any point in time?

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