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Former premier returns to active politics

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2016 | 2:00 AMCMC
Michael Misick

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

PROVIDENCIALES, CMC:

Embattled former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick said he intends running for office again even as he continues to protest his innocence of corruption charges now underway in the courts here.

?I would like to announce that I will be seeking the nomination to run for North and Middle Caicos in the upcoming elections 2016 for the PNP (Progressive National Party),? Misick said in a post on his Facebook page.

?I seek God?s blessing and favour as we continue the struggle to free our people from colonial rule and lead them into true progress and prosperity,? said Misick, 50, who resigned as premier in 2009.

Misick and other former government ministers and their associates are facing charges of conspiracy to accept bribes in public office, conspiracy to defraud and associated money laundering, brought by a special investigative team set up in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2011.

Earlier this month, a Court judge dismissed the mis-trial application made by Misick?s lawyer who had argued that the prosecution had issued daily releases which had the cumulative effect of scandalising his client, portraying him contemptuously and ultimately depriving him of the right to a fair trial that is guaranteed by the Constitution and by the Human Rights conventions.