Mr Attorney General
Turks and Caicos Islands
Re: Joe Grant’s Cay/Transfer Set Aside
I do believe that you may ask the Governor to reconsider the decision to “sell” a part of Joe Grant’s Cay because of the mortgage with Temple Mortgage and the reasoning that the government cannot pay the mortgage. First of all:
1. As is reported, Justice Martin set the transfer aside on grounds of bribery and corruption.
2. It would mean that the mortgage is tainted with that bribery and corruption therefore it should not be legal.
Just like other cases before this one, the SIPT has decided to choose which cases to go after and those which they should not. This should not be one of them. Furthermore, what would be the reason to sell Joe Grant’s now, or set the original deal aside? Are they setting a deliberately bad precedent so that the SIPT and the government would be relieved of the duty and obligation to go after the 2,500-acre transfer of land on Middle Caicos and the $7.5 million mortgage with Belize Bank, now British Caribbean Bank?
Are these deliberate decisions openly saying that they will go after what is expedient but ignore deals which are now politically expedient? If this decision goes ahead it will call into question on the part of the people:
1. The need for the Robin Auld Commission and the findings of the commission in respect of Joe Grant’s Cay, redacted and unredacted.
2. The absolute need in 2009 to suspend the constitution because of rampant corruption, systematic as Sir Robin would call it and now in hindsight the deepening decline of the economy at that time.
3. The absolute bona fides and integrity of the SIPT process, civil recovery efforts, and the exorbitant taxes all are paying and
4. The strategic decision not to investigate the hospital deal, the stevedoring deal and many others.
In terms of world agendas, geo-politics, the British intervention is becoming bogged down as the Russians were in Chechnya and the US in Afghanistan. Napoleon found a way out of Moscow and you will not easily find your way out of this debacle and nakedly questionable decision.
Hon Attorney General, the interim government is supposed to be better than that the PNP regime. What you are doing is almost deliberately worse than anything they can do. In your case, the eyes of the people at least you and the governor “should know better.”
Please reconsider this decision, because it is right up there in the league of Mike Misick decisions.