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Cayman Islands Premier Arrested, Charged With Theft

Dec. 11, 2012

Jacqueline Charles

Just days after the former premier of one British-dependent territory was arrested on corruption allegations, another island leader has been nabbed, also accused of breaching the public's trust and misusing his office.

Cayman Island Premier McKeeva Bush was arrested at 7 a.m. Tuesday by officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police's Financial Crime Unit at his home. In addition to being accused of misusing his office, he's also accused of theft, in relation to the misuse of a government credit car.

"The Premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush (57), has been arrested and is currently detained in police custody in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations," the Royal Cayman Island Police said in a statement on its website.

Bush, who has been in power since 2009, is the second head of a British-dependent territory to be arrested in days. Late last week, Brazilian authorities arrested former Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Michael Misick on an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol. Misick, who had been on the run, was being sought after by British investigators who three years ago launched a far-reaching probe into rampant corruption by the Turks and Caicos government. Proceedings are underway to extradite Misick back to the British territory.

Source: (c)2012 The Miami Herald Distributed by MCT Information Services

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