A statement issued yesterday by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said, “The former Premier of the Cayman Islands, William McKeeva Bush MLA, has now been charged and is due to appear in court early next month.
“Mr. Bush answered his bail this afternoon and was formally charged with two counts of Misconduct in a Public Office, four counts of Breach of Trust by a member of the Legislative Assembly (contrary to S.13 of the Anti-Corruption Law 2008), and five counts of Theft (contrary to S.241 of the Penal Code 2007 Revision).
“Mr. Bush has been bailed to appear in Grand Court on 12 April 2013,” the Cayman Police statement concluded.
The 57-year-old was arrested in December 2012 by officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services financial crime unit. He was Premier at the time of his arrest, however a week later he was ousted in a parliamentary vote of no-confidence filed by Cayman Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin.
Former Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor Connolly was appointed as as the new Premier, marking the first female Premier of the British Overseas Territory.
Mr Bush has called his arrest a “political witch hunt” lead by a “petty and jealous” Governor.