Ex-Premier in court

West Bay MLA William McKeeva Bush appeared in Summary Court Friday morning, when 11 charges against him were transmitted to the Grand Court for mention again on Friday, 26 April.

He was represented by attorneys Michael Alberga and Steve McField. Mr. Alberga initially asked that the Grand Court date be sometime around 15 June “in light of matters happening in the country” — which he later clarified as campaigning before the 22 May general election.

Crown Counsel Michael Snape suggested that the first Grand Court matter would just be a mention and should be sooner.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats said the mention in Grand Court would be brief, but an earlier date would allow for papers to be prepared and an indictment to be filed.

All parties agreed that two charges of  misconduct in public office and four charges of breach of trust by a member of the Legislative Assembly could be dealt with only in Grand Court.

Four charges of theft could have been heard in either court and one charge of theft was summary only. However, because the thefts are related to the other matters, all 11 charges are being sent to the Grand Court.

Mr. Bush served as Cayman’s first premier until 18 December, 2012 when he was removed from office via a no confidence vote against his government.

 

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