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Premier McKeeva Bush

Premier McKeeva Bush

Update 2:50 pm:

The opposition People’s Progressive Movement, the Chamber of Commerce and the two independent Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) for North Side and East End have issued statements in the wake of the arrest of Premier McKeeva Bush this morning.

Full text of these statements are at the end of this article.

Update 12:40 pm:

A statement was issued by the United Democratic Party (UDP) late this morning explaining that the matter pertaining to the arrest of the Premier could not be discussed as it was the subject of police investigation.

The UDP administration further stated: “We the Government fully understand the gravity of this matter. We confirm that Caucus is presently convened, and further statements will be issued in due course.”

Update 11:51 am:

Cayman Net News has learnt that Premier McKeeva Bush’s West Bay home has been searched by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), following his arrest this morning by the Financial Crimes Unit.

It is also understood that members of the United Democratic Party (UDP) administration are currently meeting in caucus to decide on the direction of the government, given the arrest of its leader.


The Premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush (57), has been arrested and is currently detained in police custody in connection with a number of ongoing police investigations.

Officers from the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit arrested Mr. Bush at around 7.00 am

this morning (Tuesday 11 December 2012) at his home in West Bay.

Mr. Bush has been arrested 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, contrary to

S13, S17 and S19 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008 respectively, in connection with

the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before

February 2012.

It would be inappropriate for the RCIPS to make any further comment in relation to

these matters at this time. Further updates will be made available in due course.


United Democratic Party Statement

Chamber statement on Premier’s arrest _11th December 2012

PPM Press Statement – Arrest of the Premier

Press Statement by Independent Members Ezzard Miller and Arden McLean




Comments (4)

  • Joseph Vesely

    It’s about time. Did he get his start while a director of the long defunct First Cayman Bank, or was it earlier?.

  • Joseph Vesely

    How long has this been going on?

  • Joseph Vesely

    Dr. Livington Smith’s current columns seem to be relevant to the current political situation in my beloved Cayman Islands.

  • James

    UDP better be nervous. They’ve known about these investigations for a long time. More importantly they’ve known about McKeeva’s profligate behavior in office, his disregard for the procurement processes, his failure to present a budget or bring transparency to public accounts or stop the destruction of our economy, his private slush funds and they know about his tirades at anyone who dares challenge him or ask the questions that needed to be asked. And they have been totally invisible while all of that has been going on. They’ve ignored the public and been cowed by their leader. And NOW, finally, when he’s been arrested they are forced into action like rats deserting the proverbial ship. Too late by far. Each member of UDP shares responsibility for this fiasco because they let it happen and we will not forget that.


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