Former Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Michael Misick was re-arrested Saturday on the orders of Brazilian authorities in Sao Paulo, according to a statement from the Turks governor’s office.
Following his arrest, UK officials confirmed that the Brazilian justice minister refused Mr. Misick’s appeal against an earlier decision not to grant him political asylum. That decision was made public Tuesday.
Mr. Misick was arrested in December by Brazilian police. The arrest was sought by British authorities and the Turks and Caicos Islands Special Investigation and Prosecution Team. That team has been investigating corruption-related offences in Turks since 2009.
A formal request for Mr. Misick’s extradition to the Turks and Caicos Islands was submitted in January.
“It is hoped that the extradition process can now proceed unhindered,” according to the governor’s office statement.
Mr. Misick faces “a number of serious charges relating to corruption and maladministration in TCI” during his time in office, according to the governor’s statement.