UDP leader and former Premier McKeeva Bush appeared before police Tuesday, answering a scheduled date for his police bail following his 11 December arrest on suspicion of theft and corruption-related allegations.
“The UDP is of the opinion that over the last 24 months there has been an orchestrated witch hunt against the former Premier in an effort to damage his reputation and remove him as the democratically elected Premier together with the Government which he led. The use of extraordinary resources of the RCIP in carrying out this objective is, in the opinion of the UDP, an abuse of official power,” the statement read.
“Mr. Bush, who has served the people of these Islands for over 30 years, has the full support and confidence of the UDP and its supporters, who are all working diligently and look forward to contesting the upcoming election in May this year.”
The RCIPS did not immediately respond to the allegations contained in the UDP statement.
Both ex-Premier McKeeva Bush and local businessman Suresh Prasad complied with the conditions of their bail and presented themselves to Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers Tuesday, police said.
The men have been re-bailed until late March 2013, police said.
According to a statement released by the RCIPS: “The investigation is still very active and police are following several positive lines of enquiry. The re-bailing of the suspects is to allow further investigations to take place in a number of foreign jurisdictions including locations in Europe, the United States and in Asia.
“Officers are working closely with law enforcement colleagues overseas and the investigation is being progressed as expeditiously as possible; however it should be noted that the enquiry team is required to follow the stringent, and often lengthy, legal processes in place within these overseas jurisdictions to obtain the necessary evidential exhibits and supporting statements.”
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