14 August 2014

UK corruption in Cayman Islands while it preaches adherence to 'rule of law'

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - In a decision that has been described by local media as part of an “ongoing cover up”, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has concluded that allegations that a former Cayman Islands governor, the attorney general and a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) adviser lied to investigators about their level of involvement in an ill-fated corruption investigation are unfounded.

However, the conclusion apparently reached by the RCIPS in response to a criminal complaint againstformer governor, Stuart Jack; attorney general Samuel Bulgin; and FCO advisor Larry Covington by former Scotland Yard detective Martin Bridger flies in the face of an earlier contrary view reached by London’s Metropolitan Police and a statement by former Cayman Islands police commissioner Stuart Kernohan.
In a complaint dated March 4, 2013, headed “Allegation of Crime”, a redacted copy of which has been seen by Caribbean News Now, Bridger said he wished to make criminal allegations, which he asked the Metropolitan Police to investigate.
The crime involved events that took place in the Cayman Islands between September 2007 and May 2009, he said.
According to the complaint, “The allegation of crime is against [redacted] and possibly FCO officials in the UK.”