GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – Police have extended the bail of ex premier McKeeva Bush to late March this year after he presented himself to law enforcement officers on Tuesday in keeping with the terms of his original police bail following his arrest on suspicion of theft and corruption last December.
The Cayman Islands police said the investigation into the 57-year-old former head of government in this British Overseas territory “is still very active and police are following several positive lines of enquiry.
“The re-bailing of the suspects is to allow further investigations to take place in a number of foreign jurisdictions including locations in Europe, the United States and in Asia.
“Officers are working closely with law enforcement colleagues overseas and the investigation is being progressed as expeditiously as possible; however it should be noted that the enquiry team is required to follow the stringent, and often lengthy, legal processes in place within these overseas jurisdictions to obtain the necessary evidential exhibits and supporting statements.”
The ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) Tuesday accused the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service of “abuse of official power” as it relates to the former premier.
“The UDP is of the opinion that over the last 24 months there has been an orchestrated witch hunt against the former premier in an effort to damage his reputation and remove him as the democratically elected premier together with the government which he led.
“The use of extraordinary resources of the RCIP in carrying out this objective is, in the opinion of the UDP, an abuse of official power,” the statement said.
Local businessman Suresh Prasad, whose name surfaced in earlier years in connection with Bush and a number of controversial transactions, and who was also arrested along with Bush, was likewise re-bailed to appear in March.
Bush, who came to power in 2009, has maintained his innocence.
The police said last year that Bush 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.