Cayman Islands Premier Released On Bail

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Premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush
News Americas, GEORGE TOWN, Cayman, Weds. Dec. 12, 2012: Cayman Islands Premier, McKeeva Bush, has been released on police bail following a number of interviews with Financial Crime Officers, a Royal Cayman Islands Police Force Service statement said.

Bush, 57, was arrested on Tuesday, December 11th, by officers of the RCIPS at his home in West Bay. He has held since on suspicion of theft, in connection with financial irregularities relating to the alleged misuse of a government credit card, and breach of trust, abuse of office and conflict of interest, in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012.

Bush has been placed on police bail until early February 2013, to allow further investigations to take place both in the Cayman Islands and abroad in connection with the allegations made against him, the RCIPS said on Wednesday, Dec. 12th.

Police also confirmed that a considerable amount of property, including computer equipment, was seized during searches on Tuesday.

Apart from being Premier, Bush also serves as leader of the United Democratic Party and is the first elected member for the district of West Bay. He is currently serving his seventh term in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands and has represented West Bay in the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands continuously since 1984. Queen Elizabeth, II appointed him an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1997 for his work in the Cayman Islands community and success in the Cayman Islands Government.