Police Commissioner David Baines has described speculation surrounding
three police investigations involving Premier McKeeva Bush as unhelpful and
Mr. Baines released a statement Monday afternoon commenting
on widespread speculation that has been sparked by an earlier police statement
which revealed that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service was investigating
three cases involving Mr. Bush.
“While I am unable to comment specifically about the ongoing
enquiries, I can state that every investigation undertaken by law enforcement
agencies is different. The speed with which an investigation can be completed
is dependent on many factors and is often protracted – particularly financial
investigations when the allegations involve witnesses, and documentary
evidence, located within other legal jurisdictions,” Mr. Baines said in his
Two of the cases involve financial irregularities and the
third is in connection with allegations relating to the importation of
explosives to Cayman without the necessary permit. The first investigation
began more than two years ago when the Financial Crimes Unit started a probe in
February 2010 into what Mr. Bush has called a “real estate bill” sent to
Atlanta, Georgia-based developer Stanley Thomas.
“Whilst I appreciate that there will inevitably be a high
level of interest in these investigations, the continuing speculation is not
helpful, nor fair to those under investigation, but I will ensure that a
thorough investigation is completed with the resources available in as timely a
manner as possible.
“As with every investigation undertaken by the RCIPS, when
the investigation has been completed, a file will be forwarded to the Director
of Public Prosecutions who will determine whether there is evidence of criminal
conduct and any actions therefrom,” Mr. Baines said.
He added that it would not be appropriate for the RCIPS to
provide any further information about these investigations in the meantime.
The revelation that the premier is involved in three
investigations has not only prompted widespread discussion and speculation, but
has also prompted the opposition People’s Progressive Movement to file a no
confidence motion in the current government.