Former Turks premier still in Brazilian jail
Former Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Michael Misick dismissed earlier media reports that he’s negotiating plea agreements with authorities in Britain and the United States.
Earlier reports from the Turks and Caicos Islands alleged that Misick’s evidence could implicate US citizens and senior Caribbean politicians – including in the Cayman Islands – if he were to turn over his evidence to US and British prosecutors.
According to reports in the TCI Sun on Monday, Misick penned a letter to his brother, Phillip, from jail on 1 August describing a 29 July editorial in a Turks and Caicos online blog as “a bunch of bull****”.
The Sun reported that Misick accused “the TCI Journal and their British sponsors” of being “up to their old tricks”.
“These people are so low and will stoop to anything to try to further destroy me,” Misick said. “I am strong in my faith and will never give up no matter what they do … all I can do is keep on praying and be patient that God will soon deliver me from prison either home or free here in Brazil.”
Misick, 47, was arrested in Rio de Janeiro on 7 December, 2012 while trying to board a plane. He was released on bail in February of this year but re-arrested in April and has remained in prison since.
When the former premier was arrested in mid-April, UK officials confirmed that the Brazilian justice minister had refused Misick’s appeal against an earlier decision not to grant him political asylum.
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 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 issued in April.
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.
The former premier has repeatedly stated that he is not fighting the extradition process from Brazil to his home in Turks.