We honestly had no intentions of using this space twice in
one week to come down on the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
But then, we fully expected those investigating former
Premier McKeeva Bush to finally lay charges against him or let him go on with
Instead, he’s been put on a fish stringer for at least six
more weeks to founder in the waters of uncertainty, not knowing if or when he’s
going to be charged.
To string Mr. Bush along is a disservice to him and the
people of the Cayman Islands. In most civilised places in the world, if the
leader of a country was arrested, charges would be put forth rather quickly.
Mr. Bush was arrested on 11 December and ‘out’ on bail since
12 December. But he, and we, have been hearing about various police investigations
against Mr. Bush since February 2010.
For three years this man – our former premier – has been
under investigation and all that can be done with him is arrest him without
We do appreciate the need to get all of your legal ducks in
a row to make a case against someone, but are police really still following
‘several positive lines of enquiry’ three years later?
On Tuesday, members of the UDP called the ongoing bailing of
Mr. Bush and subsequent inquiries into these investigations a “witch hunt”. The
longer the police drag their feet without bringing charges against Mr. Bush,
the more it looks like exactly that.
All the actions of the police in the past three years have
served to do is cast doubt and suspicion on our premier and our country.
Mr. Bush is now to remain on bail, again, until 19 March.
We have to wonder how close to the May election the police
are going to let this mess fester.
Mr. Bush will be standing for election in West Bay and his
constituents have the right to know if he’s being charged before they go to the
All in all, this has gone on too long. The reputations of
Mr. Bush and the Cayman Islands deserve better treatment.