Canover Watson and Bruce Blake appeared in Summary Court Tuesday to answer for a string of charges laid in connection with a corruption probe into the Cayman Islands Football Association.
Blake is currently the organisation’s vice president but is suspended from all official duties, while Watson is CIFA’s former treasurer. The pair are charged with a number of offences, including secret commission and false accounting. Their charges were transmitted to Grand Court on Tuesday.
Magistrate Valdis Foldats explained to the court Tuesday that secret commission is a Category A offence in Cayman and cannot be heard in Summary Court. All the charges connected to it, including false accounting for both men and transfer of criminal property for Watson, must be heard in Grand Court.
Watson is represented by defence counsel Amelia Fosuhene, and Blake is being represented by defence counsel Steve McField.
James Hines, QC, is helming the prosecution for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Watson faces two charges of secret commission, two of false accounting, two of transfer of criminal property and two of use or control of criminal property. Blake is charged with secret commission and two charges of false accounting in Grand Court.
He has two other charges – use or control of criminal property and acquiring criminal property – that will be adjudicated in Summary Court.
Secret commission is punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in Cayman’s Anti-Corruption law. False accounting is punishable by a maximum sentence of seven years in Cayman’s Penal Code.
Watson and Blake were formally charged by Anti-Corruption Commission officers on 8 Aug.
Watson and Blake will next appear in Grand Court on 6 Sept.