Former Cayman premier arrested in the United States
MIAMI – Speaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States following an incident at a casino.
According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.
The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanour offence.
“William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanour battery,” said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman Compass.
The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1 000.
The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.
According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim’s lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.
“According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged (Bush) grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm.”
However, Bush’s Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer, a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged.
Bush, was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.
According to the Cayman Compass, when contacted he declined to comment but said he would be making a statement later. (CMC)