UDP accuses police of power play

The United Democratic Party accused the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service of ‘abuse of official power’ in a statement released to the public Tuesday.

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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12 COMMENTS

  1. Oh well, now the RCIPS has included the necessity to gather information from Europe, the United States and Asia. IF the RCIPS cannot get information in Cayman – how are they going to get information from overseas.

    Wow! another cleverly crafted justification for this investigation taking years.

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  2. Atticus, like I said before, Cayman is under the international spotlight that the former Premier is being investigated for corruption… this, to drive away investors and continually mar our reputation. This is exactly what the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Governor, Commissioner of Police, and servants of Her Royalty wouldn’t mind because a weak economy and our inability of self-governance means an overseas territory that has to remain a dependent under them. Be not mistaken – when it comes to development and economic growth, they are the first ones to bark about government not following process and procedures, which either slows down efforts or stops progress from happening. Look at the course of over ten years with the Cruise Berthing facility alone.. we can blame McKeeva for not starting this sooner to a degree, but overall, it is interesting that certain politicians have allied with the FCO to slow down its development and other projects by protesting and organizing marches against it. Time will tell. Not saying Bush is innocent of everything, but there is a trend and it is obvious – It has to do with Power whilst the people in between the big shots, suffer.

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  3. Atticus – the police appear to be following the trail wherever it leads. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they have not been able to get information in Cayman.

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  4. Guys and Gals,
    Never mind, this is just another ‘Bridge To Nowhere
    built by the unscrupulous FCO and the governor.
    only difference Martin is not standing on this Bridge this time.

    Just another bridge made of ‘STRAW

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  5. The responses hereunder are somewhat naive.You just do not get it. This man has abused our laws no matter how serious the offence. Like all good forensic investigators they are leaving no stone unturned and this had led the RCIP uncovering evidence abroad. Remember how much time he has spent away from real business. Remember how long it took the police to investigate Mr Misick to find numerous offences and still investigation continues. They will continue further as further witnesses give evidence and spill the beans. I regret to inform you but the RCIP are probably scratching the surface thereby leaving numerous person who were mates of the ex Premier having sleepless nights. This is only the beginning as Cayman gets finally cleaned up.

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  6. What a sad collection of pro-bush comments – possibly an indication of the equally sad lack of of intellectual capacity of those whose blinkered perception allows them to believe that he never could, and never would do any wrong. There were millions like them in Germany and Italy in the 1930’s in relation to a couple of other public figures.

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  7. Perhaps the free fridges, paved driveways and cash handouts given before elections will come to a stop as well. If you take these ‘gifts’ you are as corrupt as the politician giving it to you and the reason why the entire system is failing.

    Time to……Clean Up Cayman!

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  8. In view of the Editorial in the Caymanian Compass today, I believe its worth repeating:

    Oh well, now the RCIPS has included the necessity to gather information from Europe, the United States and Asia. IF the RCIPS cannot get information in Cayman – how are they going to get information from overseas.

    Wow! another cleverly crafted justification for this investigation taking years.

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