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Cayman Islands premier arrested
Published on December 12, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

The premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, 57, was arrested early Tuesday morning and detained in police custody in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations.

According to a press release issued by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) on Tuesday, officers from the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit arrested Bush at around 7am at his home.

Bush was arrested on suspicion of:

• Theft in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card

• Breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, contrary to S13, S17 and S19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 respectively, in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012.

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Cayman Islands Premier, McKeeva Bush
Also on Tuesday, Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor issued a statement acknowledging that Bush had been arrested earlier in the day in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations.

“The conduct of criminal investigations in the Cayman Islands is a matter for the police commissioner. If evidence is brought to his attention which leads him to suspect that an offence or offences may have been committed, I expect him to carry out a robust, fair and comprehensive investigation, regardless of the individual concerned. I am confident that the police commissioner will ensure that this applies to the ongoing investigations involving the premier,” Taylor said.

In April of this year, the RCIPS confirmed that Bush was then the subject of three separate police investigations.

According to police at the time, one of the investigations involved allegations of financial irregularities in relation to a land deal. In addition, a further allegation of financial irregularities had been made, which was entirely separate from the first investigation.

“Finally, allegations have been made in relation to the involvement of the premier in the periphery of a recent incident where a quantity of explosives were imported to the Cayman Islands without the necessary permit,” the police spokesperson said in April.

“All three of these investigations are actively ongoing. The governor and the FCO [Foreign and Commonwealth Office] are being kept fully updated,” the spokesperson added.

The first of the three investigations had previously been confirmed by Taylor in July 2011, when he acknowledged that the investigation in question centred on a letter said to have been written by Bush in 2004, when he was then Leader of Government Business.

The letter to developer Stan Thomas, written on Windsor Development Corporation letterhead, and apparently faxed from Bush’s ministry in October 2004, asked for a balance of $350,000 to be sent to the corporation’s account as a result of Bush having “ensured that all of the proposed re-zoning issues” had been approved by Cabinet.

Windsor Development Corporation is reportedly owned by Bush’s wife, although according to the official register of interests he was a signatory on the corporation’s bank account.

At the time, land purchased by Thomas was the subject of a zoning application. It was rezoned in July 2004 by the Legislative Assembly after Cabinet approved a change in the territory’s development map.

However, at a press briefing in April, attended by Britain’s then Minister for the Overseas Territories Henry Bellingham, who was on his first visit to the Cayman Islands, local media workers were taken by surprise by Taylor’s admission of a second such investigation in response to questions about the first enquiry.

Neither Bellingham nor Taylor would comment further and the governor said it was up to the police commissioner to take the investigation forward and that at some point it would be up to the director of public prosecutions to take the matter any further than that. He then revealed that there was another hitherto undisclosed investigation in relation to Bush.

No details of this second investigation were given.

“I can say that there is a further investigation, a second investigation involving the premier but, as the minister said, it is not appropriate for me to comment on it in any detail,” Taylor stated, adding it was for the police commissioner to comment.

Then came the police announcement of a third investigation related to explosives that were apparently imported into the Cayman Islands without the necessary permit.
 
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Keeping I Real:

THE PREMIER IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTYThis is a very sad day for the Cayman Islands. This is not the time to take a critical position of rejoicing at a man’s misfortune in his day of adversity. There are still those among us that are concerned for what happened to the Honorable Premier McKeeva Bush on yesterday morning. As a Caymanian, it is with great concern to learn of this sad occurrence that is so harmful to the Cayman Islands and to Mr. Bush himself as he is a human being just like the rest of us. Unlike the naysayers who rejoice at the downfall of another; I do not partake in rejoicing at someone’s downfall whether they are right or wrong. The God of Heaven and creator of all things is the ultimate judge, and He will make the final decision. Even though the governor assured everyone that the take down of former Prime Minister, Michael Missick of T & C is unrelated to the arrest of our own Honorable Premier McKeeva Bush; it just doesn't set right with me, but I could be wrong.

Read more here:-
http://caymannetnews.com/2012/12/11/premier-mckeeva-bush-released-on-police-bail/#comment-1664

Anononymous:

THE HIDDEN REASON THE UK WANTS McKEEVA BUSH OUT OF THEIR WAY CAYMAN NEEDS TO KNOW

What did I tell you knuckleheads? I knew it was coming but not quite so soon! The Uk is really showing their true colors. They are really bald faced hypocrites about this whole McKeeva Bush arrest issue , But I didn't think they would come out of the closet quite so soon where their war on the Hon. Mr. McKeeva Bush , former Premier, is concerned..

I have told you in many articles written that Its not about McKeeva Bush overspending nor credit card fraud and it definitely is not about importation of explosives!!!

IT'S ABOUT OUR RECENT BILL OF RIGHTS AND WHAT THE UK WANTS TO INTRODUCE TO THE TERRITORIES.

Read My Lips:-

WHAT THE UK WANT SIMPLY CANNOT HAPPEN ON THE HON. MCKEEVA BUSH'S WATCH! He is their greatest nightmare! You don't seem to be aware of this, its time you do.

Unlike Mr. Bush I don't think Mr. Alden McLaughlin can stand up to the UK on this one, he is far too weak, timid and sucking up to the UK Whiteman. .Based on Mr. Alden McLaughlin's behavior and thirst for the throne, trying to be more appealing to the present governor as a future premier that the UK can handle, be their true Puppet, and use him for their own purposes.

It makes one wonder whether Mr. Alden McLaughlin did promise the UK that he would really support gay and lesbian marriage in the Cayman Islands and all the other liberal sewage that comes with it?

I urge the Caymanian people to wakeup, Mr. Alden McLaughlin needs to come clean. I was made to understand from people that know him very well and that have had close dealings with him that "Alden is very sympathetic towards these type of people, we better be careful with him." I also understand that our law firms are infiltrated with large numbers of homosexuals, how did they get a strong hold here? Are they sleepers waiting to pounce on the bill of rights too to aide the UK in their ploy to destroy our beloved innocent unspoiled Cayman Isle with our conservative christian values? Open your eyes Cayman, the Ministers Association's work has yet to be unfolded, you think they worked on the constitution, you haven't seen anything yet. Get ready for round Two.

Mr.Arden Mclean and Mr. Ezzard Miller will you both stand up to the UK on gay issues and uphold principles and christian values we hold dear to our hearts telling them the answer is No?

Both of you are too well aware as politicians that the UK wanted McKeeva out of the way so they could go through with this and push this gay garbage onto the territories,but you continue with your political rhetorics. The UDP minority government should know better as well but it is proof that these people too are not as versed politically nor understand the sciences of politics as one would expect from these high echelons of our legislature, but then again its a game they are all playing, its all about a thirst for power and might .

ARE ANY ONE OF YOU ANY BETTER FOR THE COUNTRY THAN MCKEEVA BUSH ?

The answer is ' N O"

Quite Frankly I do not care how much Mckeeva Bush spends from his Credit card, whether government or personal. Mac, go ahead and max it out if you please! knock yourself out!

BUT I do care a lot and am very disturbed at this UK press release and they should expect people like me to express my greatest anger if I learned that a gay lesbian or queer is teaching my child in our schools that sodomy and homosexuality is Ok; corrupting and destroying their little innocent tender minds. I would be even more angry if a teacher told my child that marriage is a union between any two persons whether two men or two women!

I serve you what the Bible says that the institution of marriage is a union between One man and one woman.

You see from the very Beginning, God made Adam and Eve, NOT ADAM AND STEVE!!!!

MCKEEVA BUSH WOULD NOT ALLOW THIS garbage coming frorm the UK announced on this morning !

Ladies and gentlemen, that is the real hidden corrupt, well organized, conspiracy,and tempura reason the UK WANTED MCKEEVA BUSH OUT OF THEIR WAY! he has done NOTHING WRONG! His only sin is standing up for Christianity and morality saving our children from these UK predators!

You idiots can't see it because of your stupidity and you choose to be naive and ignorant towards the real truth behind his arrest. you prefer to think the worst and engage in gossip, preferring to see him fall instead on waiting for a press release like this one I was waiting on to prove my point of truth being told about the dirty UK tactics,.

I want to take this opportunity to say "I told you so." I'm not at all surprised as a matter of fact I have been waiting for this as I and others who are politically sound knew it was coming sooner or later.From the day the past leader of government business The former Hon. Tom Jefferson rightly so turned back that boat load of homosexuals on a cruise ship during the nineties, they have been lobbying the FCO every since using expensive lawyers and organizing to take over the Cayman Islands and the UK territories with their SICK LIFESTYLE. I'D AGREE FOR THE CAYMAN ISLANDS TO GO INDEPENDENT BEFORE I AGREE TO THIS MESS.

I hope you realize that every governor and comm. of police from hereon are hired to support, implement and enforce the liberal laws a soon as the UK decides to throw this putrid sewage on our heads and tell us that it's raining.

I'd approve of independence from the UK before I agree to this, after all we're not getting anything from them anyway, they are doing absolutely nothing for us, but running up expensive tabs in the millions of dollars and ordering us to pay it from our public purse.Its time to stand up to them like McKeeva Bush.

ENOUGH OF THIS White Slavemaster NONSENSE!

I feel a sense of accomplishment as I can boldly say to you once again:-

"I told you so!"

TAKE A LOOK AT THE UK"s latest Sewage Pipline:

OT minister to support same sex marriage in UK

http://caymannewsservice.com/world-news/2013/01/31/ot-minister-support-same-sex-marriage-uk


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