How many more embarrassing incidents, and insults to us Turks and Caicos Islanders ("TCIs") intelligence will the United Kingdom ("UK"), and the Rt. Hon. William Hague Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs subject us and themselves to, before they realize that the current attorney general, and the current governor needs to be recalled back to the UK, for continuing to allow the attorney general to provide incomplete advice to the TCI governor and his office?
This morning the governor's spokesman released a media statement (see copy below) on behalf of the attorney general and the governor that was completely erroneous, misleading and insulting to the management and staff of Radio Turks and Caicos.
Had the attorney general and the governor first sought to ascertain whether or not Mr Misick was in fact released, they would not have made themselves and their various offices look so incompetent. Nevertheless, this seems to be a common occurrence.
The truth is, former TCI Premier Michael E. Misick has been released from prison in Brazil within the last 24 hours by the Brazilian authorities. The terms and conditions of his release are yet to be determined.
Later during the day, the Governor's Office released a revised media statement confirming Mr Misick's released from prison (see copy below). However, up to the time of my press statement being released, the Governor's Office had not issued a public apology to the management and staff of Radio Turks and Caicos, because there is no respect for their hard work.
Should the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ("FCO") allow the current TCI attorney general to continue providing such counsel to the jurisdiction, the government will never be taken serious by foreign investors and the world at large.
The current TCI governor and attorney general must be recalled without delay to the UK by the FCO.
Below are the TCI governor's two media statement released on Friday 8th February 2013, regarding former Premier Michael Misick:-
MEDIA STATEMENT (first statement released during the morning):
“The report on Radio Turks and Caicos breakfast news today stating that former Premier Michael Misick had been released from prison in Brazil is incorrect,” said Huw Shepheard, Attorney General, Turks and Caicos Islands.
“The position remains that he was provisionally arrested under the authority of the Supreme Court in Brazil on the basis of a lawful request and the formal request for his extradition has been made through the proper channels. This matter remains in the hands of the Brazilian authorities.”
MEDIA STATEMENT (second statement released during the mid-day):
Michael Misick, the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (a British Overseas Territory) was released from prison in Rio de Janeiro on 8 February. We understand that the Brazilian Supreme Court has granted him bail. This does not mean that the legal process is exhausted.
He was arrested on 7 December by Brazilian Federal Police acting on a provisional arrest warrant. Arrest was sought by the TCI Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (set up to investigate issues arising from Sir Robin Auld’s 2008-09 Commission of Inquiry). TCI prosecutors submitted formal extradition papers on 28 January 2013 within the 60 day time limit.