Police chief denies Bush conspiracy

Commissioner of Police David Baines has denied being involved in any conspiracy to unseat former Premier Mckeeva Bush as the elected leader of the Cayman Islands. 

Responding to news that Mr. Bush had filed a lawsuit alleging the criminal investigation and charges laid against him were politically motivated, Mr. Baines said he had acted lawfully at all times. 

The commissioner is named, along with former Governor Duncan Taylor and Attorney General Sam Bulgin, as a defendant in the lawsuit. 

He said, “I can confirm that I have received the writ by Mr. McKeeva Bush’s lawyers. The matter is now in the hands of the lawyers representing myself and others in the matter. 

“I am limited as to what I can say professionally about this case, due to the legal action; other than, my actions were lawful at all times and I have engaged in no such conspiracy as that suggested. 

“I welcome the opportunity to respond fully to the misrepresentations made by Mr. Bush in his Court Writ and the legal process it has initiated.” 

A spokesman for the Governor’s Office said they would not be able to provide any comment on behalf of Mr. Taylor, now British Ambassador to Mexico. 

Lawyers acting for Mr. Bush filed a writ of summons Wednesday in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, claiming he had suffered financial and reputational damage as a result of the investigation, which they claim was designed to destroy him politically. 

Mr. Bush was ousted as premier days after his arrest in December 2012, following a vote of no confidence in the Legislative Assembly. His party went on to lose the general election the following May.  

He was eventually found not guilty on six counts of misconduct in public office and five counts of breach of trust by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, connected to claims he withdrew almost $50,000 on his government credit card to gamble on casino slot machines in Florida, Las Vegas and the Bahamas. 

Mr. Baines
Mr. Baines