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?
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.