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Cayman Islands opposition leader unrepentant in face of defamation writ
Published on May 12, 2015Email To Friend    Print Version

The Cayman Islands opposition leader is showing no sign of retracting any of the allegations he has made about Premier Alden McLaughlin having been involved in a conspiracy to topple him from office. McKeeva Bush said that he intends to face the premier in court if that’s what he wants.

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Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush
Following the filing of a lawsuit against him by McLaughlin on Thursday over his controversial conspiracy motion, Bush said he was confident in the matter.

In a short comment to CNS responding to the lawsuit, he said that “in due course” his own lawyers would respond to McLaughlin.

“However, I’m confident in the matter,” Bush said. “And if he wants a trial, that I intend to see, with God’s help, he gets,” the opposition leader added, showing no signs that he was backing down.

The premier filed a writ of summons against Bush on Thursday, as he had indicated he would when his political opponent refused to make a public apology and retract his proposed private member’s motion that makes accusations against the current premier about events that happened when he was opposition leader and Bush was premier.

Bush was hoping to use the legal privilege offered to members of parliament to expose documents relating to his own trial, in which he was accused of misusing his government credit card when he used it to draw cash while gambling in casinos on both business and personal trips.

It is understood that some of the material may have other legal implications, possibly regarding a public immunity order that was imposed on some of the documents relating to the former premier’s case.

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Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin
Although acquitted after a jury trial, Bush claims there is correspondence implicating a list of people, including the police commissioner and the governor, in a conspiracy which led to his arrest, his ousting from office, criminal charges against him for theft -- which were later dropped -- and his party’s defeat in the 2013 General Election.

Bush filed a private member’s motion last month calling for an independent public enquiry into what happened to him and making various allegations, hoping that he would be able to produce what he claims is damming correspondence on the floor of the Legislative Assembly (LA) and not fall foul of any court orders.

However, it is now very unlikely that the motion will reach the floor of the parliament before it is dealt with in court.

On Wednesday, Bush filed another motion asking for the removal of the police commissioner, as well as the complaints commissioner and the auditor general from the Anti-Corruption Commission. He implied in that motion as well that he had evidence to support his position that the police commissioner was conflicted as the chair of the ACC, implying that he may now use that motion as a way to reveal documents on the floor of the LA.

Republished with permission of Cayman News Service
 
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