Cayman Island premier on bail

sherieholder, sherieholder@nationnews.com

Added 12 December 2012

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Dec 12, CMC – Premier McKeeva Bush was released on police bail Wednesday without any official charges being laid against him following a number of interviews with Financial Crime officers. A brief police statement said that Bush, who was arrested at his home on Tuesday, “has been placed on police bail until early February 2013, to allow further investigations to take place both here and abroad in connection with the allegations made against him”. Police said that Bush 57, who came to power in 2009, had been detained on suspicion of theft, in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card. The authorities said he was also being held on breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, contrary to S13, S17 and S19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 respectively. He is also detained in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012. In the statement, the police said they can “confirm that a considerable amount of property, including computer equipment”, was seized during searches on Tuesday. “The investigations involving Mr. Bush are still very active and the RCIPS will be pursuing all lines of enquiry in consultation with the Legal Department,” the statement said, adding that further updates will be provided later. The police also said that a second unidentified man who was arrested on Tuesday “in connection with the ongoing investigation is now back in police custody and is being questioned”.  

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