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Mistrial application dismissed; corruption trial resumes

February 3, 2016
Mistrial application dismissed; corruption trial resumes The criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on various corruption and money laundering charges resumed on Tuesday after the presiding judge dismissed an application for a mistrial by Ralph Thorne QC, representing Misick.

Sandals statement prompts application for mistrial

February 1, 2016
Sandals statement prompts application for mistrial Following the recent disclosure of secret payments made to former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by one or more Sandals-related companies (Crown outlines secret payments made by Sandals), Sandals Resort International issued a statement on Friday acknowledging that...

Crown land valued at $75m sold for $3m, says prosecutor

February 1, 2016
Crown land valued at $75m sold for $3m, says prosecutor On Friday, Andrew Mitchell QC concluded the second week of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others by outlining how Crown land valued at $75 million was sold for $3 million.

Speedboat with illegal migrants makes landfall

February 1, 2016
Speedboat with illegal migrants makes landfall Officers of the Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) in conjunction with Immigration Task Force have launched an investigation after the discovery of a speedboat in the North West Point area of Providenciales on Saturday morning. At approximately 7:46 am on Saturday...

Post cabinet meeting statement

February 1, 2016
Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the third meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday, 28 January 2016, at the Hon. N J S Francis Building on Grand Turk. All ministers were present. At this meeting Cabinet: Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board...

History will not stand in the way of development, said former premier

January 29, 2016
History will not stand in the way of development, said former premier On Thursday, Andrew Mitchell QC described how Clayton Been of TCInvest challenged former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick about a proposed development on Middle Caicos that would remove an area of historical importance and land that was supposed to become National Trust land.

Police investigate fire at Grand Turk high school

January 29, 2016
The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) is investigating a fire that extensively damaged the top floor of the new administration block of the Helena Jones Robinson High School on Grand Turk on Friday morning. At approximately 3.38 am...

Salt Cay development agreement 'madness', said attorney general

January 28, 2016
Salt Cay development agreement 'madness', said attorney general PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Wednesday, the eighth day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC continued his outline of a development agreement that...

Crown outlines secret payments made by Sandals

January 27, 2016
Crown outlines secret payments made by Sandals On Tuesday, the seventh day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC concluded his outline of a land transaction that allegedly defrauded...

TCI gaming delegation visits Jamaica

January 27, 2016
TCI gaming delegation visits Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Jamaica’s Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) on Friday hosted consultations with government officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TC), to aid that British territory in the finalisation of its gaming policy, reformation of its gaming laws...

Government defrauded of millions, Crown alleges

January 26, 2016
Government defrauded of millions, Crown alleges On Monday, Andrew Mitchell QC commenced the second week of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, by outlining in detail a land transaction that allegedly defrauded the TCI government...

Another $525,000 in alleged bribes paid by resort developer

January 23, 2016
Another $525,000 in alleged bribes paid by resort developer PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Friday, the fifth day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC completed his outline of what he had earlier described as...

Governor visits British West Indies Collegiate

January 23, 2016
Governor visits British West Indies Collegiate Governor Peter Beckingham visited British West Indies Collegiate this week, and met Achsah Wildish, who on 21 January was told that she had been named “Top Student of the World” by the University of Cambridge International Examination Board for her AS performance in mathematics.

Tourism partners ready Youth Explosion 2016

January 23, 2016
Some of the territory's most talented youths will come together in a time of fun and creativity at 10:00am at the Gustavaus Lightbourne Sports Complex on Friday, January 29, 2016, to participate in the tourism, culture, and environmentally centered Youth Explosion.

Former premier received $575,000 in bribes, Crown alleges

January 22, 2016
Former premier received $575,000 in bribes, Crown alleges In the fourth day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution on Thursday in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC detailed a total of $575,000 in alleged bribes to Misick by the developer of the Seven Stars resort.

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