Charges filed in dynamite import case

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Charges have been filed under the Cayman Islands Explosives Law [2008] in connection with a dynamite importation case that occurred on Grand Cayman earlier this year.

The explosives, according to the details of charges examined by the Caymanian Compass, were “unlawfully imported” by Midland Acres Ltd. and defendant Suresh Prasad.

The case has grabbed headlines earlier this year after Royal Cayman Islands Police stated Premier McKeeva Bush was “peripherally” involved in the investigation, although Mr. Bush was not mentioned at all in the charges now filed before the court.

According to details of the charges against Midland Acres Ltd:

Suresh Bhemsein Prasad, a director of Midland Acres Ltd and on behalf of Midland Acres Ltd on 23 February 2012 at Owen Roberts International Airport not being authorized in writing by the managing director of the National Roads Authority in that behalf unlawfully imported explosives, to wit 100 electric detonators and 2,500 non-electric detonators, all weighing a total of 890 pounds (net).

Suresh Bhemsein Prasad, a director of Midland Acres Ltd and on behalf of Midland Acres Ltd on or about 24 February 2012 at the Port Authority Docks, George Town, not being authorized in writing by the managing director of the National Roads Authority in that behalf unlawfully imported explosives, to wit, 2,000 units of nitro-methane Kinepak Liquid all weighing a total of 480 pounds (net).

Suresh Bhemsein Prasad, a director of Midland Acres Ltd and on behalf of Midland Acres Ltd on or about 24 February 2012 at the Port Authority Docks, George Town, not being authorized in writing by the managing director of the National Roads Authority in that behalf unlawfully imported explosives, to wit an emulsion containing Ammonium Nitrate and Petroleum Distillates all weighing a total of 50,000 pounds (net).

Suresh Bhemsein Prasad, a director of Midland Acres Ltd and on behalf of Midland Acres Ltd on 28 February 2012 at Owen Roberts International Airport not being authorized in writing by the managing director of the National Roads Authority in that behalf unlawfully imported explosives, to wit Ammonium Nitrate – Kinepax Solid all weighing a total of 1,734 pounds (net).

A separate set of four charges were filed against defendant Suresh Bhemsein Prasad personally. The details of the charges were exactly the same.

Crown Counsel Candia James said there are ongoing discussions regarding “the way forward in this matter”.

“We have further investigations ongoing,” she said. The matter was put off until Thursday.

Defence Attorney Nicholas Dixey said he had no problem with the proposal to delay the matter another day. Mr. Prasad had been bailed to attend court on 19 September, but the matter was brought forward at the defence request.

“The matter is time sensitive,” Mr. Dixey said.

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The George Town Port docks, where two of the four dynamite shipments to Midland Acres Ltd. were brought in last February.
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