Out on bail

Cayman Islands Premier Mckeeva Bush.

GEORGETOWN — Cayman Islands Premier Mckeeva Bush was released on bail last night more than 12 hours after he was arrested at his home on suspicion of theft.

Bush was arrested in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card.

Police said that Bush 57, who came to power in 2009, was due to return to the police station for further questioning today.

The authorities said that a second person had been detained in connection with the ongoing investigation which involves Premier Bush. The name or identity of the person had not been released.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said Bush, who had recently returned from London where he had been attending the Joint Ministerial Council meeting between the British Overseas Territories and the United Kingdom government, had also been detained 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.

Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor Connolly said the government ministers met in caucus where Bush’s arrest had been discussed.

Financial irregularities

Cayman Islands police revealed last April that they had a total of three investigations under way involving Bush and they had been investigating allegations of financial irregularities involving him since late 2010. Bush said he had done nothing wrong and called the investigations politically motivated.

Shortly after the police investigations were announced, an article in the Caymanian Compass newspaper quoted Bush as saying that Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office did not like him and that he had been warned in 2009 they would try to “ruin” him.

Governor Duncan Taylor, who represents the British monarchy in the Caribbean territory, said he expects the police commissioner to carry out a “robust, fair and comprehensive investigation regardless of the individual concerned”. He also tried to reassure the public and investors that the islands’ government would run smoothly in coming days.

The Coalition for Cayman, an advocacy group for good government, called for Bush to immediately resign. (Observer)

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