Royal Cayman Islands Police officers seized “a considerable amount of property” from the official residence of Premier McKeeva Bush Tuesday, according to a statement sent Wednesday afternoon.
The property includes computer equipment, police said.
“Mr. Bush has been placed on police bail until early February 2013, to allow further investigations to take place both here and abroad in connection with the allegations made against him,” the RCIPS statement said. “The investigations involving Mr. Bush are still very active and the RCIPS will be pursuing all lines of enquiry in consultation with the legal department”
Premier Bush was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of theft in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card, and breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, contrary to Section 13, Section 17 and Section 19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008, in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012.
He has not been charged with any crimes. A police representative refused to speculate as to whether charges might be filed before the early February bail date.
Police said Mr. Bush had undergone a number of interviews with detectives from the Financial Crime Unit over the past two days and the bail conditions allow officers to conduct further interviews with the premier, if needed.
Questions about whether Mr. Bush’s travel would be restricted during the bail period had not been answered by press time. As a general rule, police would have to determine whether an arrested person was considered a flight risk if a passport was to be seized as a condition of bail.
In a statement to the media Tuesday, Police Commissioner David Baines noted that there had been “two very separate but distinct attempts to undermine the credibility of both the RCIPS and me personally”.
“It is not lost on me that these attacks come at a time when we are in the midst of a very sensitive and high profile investigation,” Mr. Baines said in a prepared statement. “Let me assure the public, and those who would seek to damage both my reputation and that of the RCIPS as a whole, that we will not allow them to detract us from the job at hand.” Legal concerns prevent us from publishing apparently unfounded allegations against the police commissioner in this article.
Still uncertain by press time was whether Mr. Bush would remain as leader of the ruling United Democratic Party and premier of the Cayman Islands.
A statement released by the United Democratic Party Tuesday indicated: “We, the government fully understand the gravity of this matter.” Nothing further had been released by press time.