Alleged Corruption Brings Down Premier Misick In TCI 17 February 2009
The findings of the just-concluded Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption by Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier Michael Misick and his administration are not yet in but already the premier has announced he will call it quits.
Misick, who is alleged to have engaged in corruption and a lavish lifestyle as premier, said he will step down as party head on February 28th, the last day of the month and as Premier from March 31st.
Clear signs of political amorality and immaturity and general administrative incompetence”, has demonstrated a need for the urgent suspension in whole or in part of the Constitution, and for other legislative and administrative reforms and change in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
That’s the view of Commissioner of Inquiry Sir Robin Auld, whose interim report contained 24 recommendations, according to His Excellency Gordon Wetherell.
Investigator Feels Fair Trial Impossible Under Current Legal System in TCI
7) the strong public interest in what has become a state of national emergency for those responsible to be brought swiftly to justice and, if found guilty, made to expiate their crimes – an outcome, which, in my view, will be impossible if it is attempted in the Territory by way of trial by jury.
Premier Misick’s Reply
The suspension of both the Executive and Legislative Branches of our Government by the colonial masters are draconian measures and every well thinking Belonger and resident should be outraged.
It is wrong in the 21st century to have an entire population re-colonized in this fashion, with the executive, legislative, judicial and all other powers lying in the hands of the colonial masters, but vested in one person, who himself, in this case, is not a citizen.
Mr. Misick appears to be emphatically stating that it is downright unpatriotic to investigate a local politician. I have heard this somewhere before!
“Thompson also said that the Barbados government would not be dictated to by anybody in relation to pursuing what is in the best interest of Barbadians.” Source: Graeme Hall Wetlands on BFP, March 20, 2009
The Barbados Connection
According to the website of lawyer Elliot Mottley, QC of Barbados:
In 1999, he was appointed non-resident Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal in Belize and in 2001 he was appointed non-resident Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal, Turks and Caicos Islands.
Elliot is the father of former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley. I don’t know if Elliot is still a non-resident Justice for the TCI, but he was acting as late as 2005 according to this case. He is also reported as being resident in Barbados in 2005.
If the Elliot D. Mottley and Co.’s website is current it may imply that he is acting simultaneously as a lawyer in one jurisdiction and as a judge in two different jurisdictions. As one of these jurisdictions is TCI, I would presume he would have a good working knowledge of the situation there. He should have both the skill set and the experience to solve at least some of the problems that TCI is currently facing.
Will we see a Bajan, Mr. Elliot Mottley, QC, heading any of the investigations into this alleged corruption involving Mr. Misick?
- Times Online, Mar. 16: Britain to seize control of Turks and Caicos Islands
- Homepage - TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
- Meaning of word: Answer.com - amoral