Editorial for 14 December: A worst-case scenario

The United Kingdom and the Cayman Islands government
continue to surprise us with their respective abilities to tie themselves up in
knots, thereby sinking the prospects of this country further. 

The stunning release Wednesday of Premier McKeeva Bush on
police bail – without charges – following two days of questioning, probably
amounts to the worst-case scenario for all involved. 

First, it gives Mr. Bush and the ruling United Democratic
Party no clarity with regard to the status of the ongoing investigations. We
still believe Mr. Bush should step aside, but what if the UDP now feels
justified in keeping him in his leadership position as indeed nothing has
happened to show police have any sort of credible case against the premier.

Second, it raises the very real spectre of retaliation with
Mr. Bush and his supporters still in control of the local government. If Mr.
Bush is to remain in charge, what happens to the police officers who
participated in his arrest? Or to anyone who may have provided evidence? 

Third,
it raises questions about the actions of the Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service. If police move to arrest the elected leader of any country, they
better have a case locked down, air-tight. This release – in the minds of many
– will paint the police investigation into the premier’s alleged activities as
either famously incompetent or perhaps something more sinister. 

Fourth, a wild
statement from RCIPS Commissioner David Baines, released on Wednesday and
published elsewhere on this page, seems to bring into question whether there is
some interference at least being attempted in this ongoing investigation. If
the commissioner feels that individuals are coming after him personally as a
result of his department having arrested the premier, surely this is something
the UK must address swiftly and directly. 

Finally, massive international
publicity surrounding this arrest is unavoidable. The ensuing uncertainty
created by the arrest and release of the country’s leader is disastrous. What
recourse does anyone have for this if Premier Bush is not charged – or does not
end up being convicted if he is charged? As far as we can see, this is
Operation Tempura Part II waiting to happen, only worse. 

Someone please tell us
we’re wrong; maybe we’ll wake up from this nightmare.

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Massive international publicity is correct. Our beloved Premier made number one on the BBC most widely read news item a couple of days ago.That by anyone’s standard is quite an accomplishment. Thank you for that Mr Bush. Would you now please go away and mow your yard.

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  2. However traumatic this may be for the people of the Cayman Islands it is interesting that my press contacts in the UK seem to regard it all as a complete non-story.

    Right now this is basically an internal domestic issue. There are no outside links to money laundering, drug cartels, terrorism or dodgy hedge funds so, unlike the recent problems with HSBC or Bear Stearns, no real global issues and no news value.

    However, if (as this editorial suggests) it morphs into Tempura II then watch out because that will make news in the UK.

    As for the allegations of interference? The first I heard about these alleged slurs on the reputation of the RCIPS was when the CoP starting protesting.

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  3. No, Caycompass…

    You’re not wrong at all.

    Sit tight, hold on to your hat…and get ready for a rough, bumpy ride.

    This bronco’s just now starting to buck…

    And whoever gets thrown off is in for a hard landing.

    This baby is just now starting to roll…so…

    Look out, there’s worse on the way !

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  4. Judge not lest ye be judged. No blood in the water until all of the facts are known. Mr. Bush has his people and a prosperous CI as his first objective. Give him the courtesy of answering his accusers once they have declared the accusations.

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