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TCI's Misick gets leave to go to Privy Council

Published:Tuesday | October 21, 2014 | 10:10 PM

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal has granted permission for several government ministers including former premier Michael Misick to take their concerns to the London-based Privy Council.



The former ministers are facing allegations of corruption allegedly committed during Misick’s tenure as head of government.



And they have challenged the impartiality and independence of Jamaican judge Paul Harrison who was selected to hear the case in the TCI.



The accused are also arguing whether their rights to a fair trial are being infringed by Justice Harrison.



There have been questions about whether the Jamaican-born jurist would be independent or impartial because of the terms and conditions under which he was hired.



Harrison was appointed as the judge for the corruption trials during the Interim Administration when London imposed direct rule on the British dependent territory and following a probe by a one-man Commission.



Misick has charged that London had been on a crusade to tarnish the good name of leading politicians in British Overseas Territories.



Meanwhile, several high-profile British lawyers, including Misick’s lead defense counsel, Courtenay Griffiths, had indicated that they would boycott a preliminary hearing before Justice Harrison today.



Lead prosecutor Andrew Mitchell and special prosecutor Helen Garlick also joined some of the defense lawyers in trying to persuade Justice Mottley to put the case on hold because of the appeal against Harrison.



However, according to Mottley, a single Court of Appeal judge has no jurisdiction to grant a stay of proceedings pending appeals to the Privy Council.



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