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The litigious fallout from the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption probe, which ended nearly a decade ago, was blamed last week for running up a $2.7 million consultant’s bill within government’s Portfolio of Legal Affairs.
The two-year, $10 million-plus Cayman Islands corruption probe known as “Operation Tempura” first came to the attention of most local residents on March 27, 2008 – when three senior police officers, including the police commissioner, were suspended in connection with the investigation.
Former Cayman Islands Governor Stuart Jack decided in early 2008 that there should be a “full investigation” of a police-directed entry into a local newspaper publisher’s office, contrary to legal advice that stated such a probe would not be in the public interest.
The Cayman Islands government has spent more than $10 million in relation to the failed Operation Tempura corruption investigation since 2007.
After more than 10 years and the expenditure of more than $15 million of Cayman Islands’ money, Operation Tempura remains a book which will not close.
More than four years after criminal allegations were brought against former Operation Tempura senior investigator Martin Bridger, Mr. Bridger and his former second-in-command, U.K. police officer Richard Coy, have been cleared of any suspected wrongdoing.
Four years after a criminal investigation was initiated against him, former Operation Tempura senior investigator Martin Bridger said he has still not been formally interviewed by authorities concerning the facts of the case.
More than four years after the initial open records request was filed for the documents, Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s office has released two controversial reports, sought by a retired U.K. journalist, related to the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption investigation.
The pair of stories that lead today’s newspaper not only do damage to Cayman’s image as a transparent and well-regulated financial jurisdiction, but also challenge the substance of that assertion.
As the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service continues its criminal investigation of the Operation Tempura corruption investigation’s former senior commander, a witness in the case has alleged that the local police service has come to him seeking “a bail out.”
Detectives with the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service are due to be dispatched to the U.K. later this year as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into the former senior investigating officer of the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption probe, the Cayman Compass has learned.
The Cayman Islands information commissioner and the former senior investigator of the ill-fated Operation Tempura police corruption probe have alleged that top local officials took steps during the last two years to block public access and scrutiny to records related to the Tempura probe.
Government records related to the ill-fated Operation Tempura police corruption investigation have been ordered released, although in partially redacted form, by the Cayman Islands Information Commissioner’s Office.