Michael Misick Extradited From Brazil & Charged

January 7, 2014 | 31 Comments

michael-misick[Updated] Former Turks & Caicos Premier Michael Misick arrived at the TCI Airport this morning [Jan 7], after being extradited from Brazil.

Misick was arrested in late 2012 in Brazil after leaving the TCI in March 2012.

In 2009 the TCI Governor, on the instructions of the UK Foreign Office, imposed direct rule on the TCI and the island’s administration was suspended and power was transferred to the UK-appointed Governor.

Power was handed back in November 2012, with the Progressive National Party [PNP] winning the Turks and Caicos General Election.

A statement issued this morning by the TCI Governor’s office said: “The UK Government welcomes the arrival of former Premier Michael Misick in Turks and Caicos Islands to face a number of serious charges relating to corruption and maladministration during his time in office. They are most grateful to the Brazilian authorities for their swift handling of TCI’s extradition request.

“It is important for the people of TCI, a UK Overseas Territory, that the rule of law is respected and due process is followed. It will now be down to the TCI Courts to consider Michael Misick’s case as well as that of 14 others charged with similar offences.”

Update 3.47pm: TCI Premier Dr. Rufus Ewing said, “I welcome the return of Premier Misick to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the home that he loves, and to his family and friends, who have all been praying for his safe return.

“Premier Misick will be processed and I trust that through the will of God, fairness and justice will prevail and the Rule of Law will be executed in a manner that is fair, respectful and transparent as it upholds his basic Human Rights.”

Update 7.26pm: According to the Turks and Caicos Sun, Misick arrived on what appeared to be a military plane and kissed the ground after he arrived back in TCI from Brazil.

They also report that the Magistrate’s Court in Grand Turk has refused Misick bail, and that his lawyers plan lodge an appeal in the TCI Supreme Court to have him released from custody.

Update 11.07pm: The TCI Governor’s office said Misick appeared in Court and was charged with conspiracy to bribe.

His bail application was initially rejected by the Magistrate, before being accepted on appeal by the Turks and Caicos Supreme Court later this afternoon.

“As he was unable to meet the bail conditions this evening, he has been remanded in custody in Her Majesty’s Prison in Grand Turk. If he meets the bail conditions before Monday, 13 January 2014, he could be released earlier,” said the Governor’s office

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  1. Family Man says:

    I wonder if he was waived through customs on arrival.

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    • lovemycountry says:

      Off course he was HAPPY to be home, watch the TCI news. You only know how to wave a your oppressors, continue on your path.

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  2. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    The start of a Big Domino Effect

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  3. Triangle Drifter says:

    Will his Bermuda mate, you know, the one whose example Misick said he followed, be there to welcome him?

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    • Barracuda says:

      Oh , get the popcorn ready.

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    • Concerned Citizen says:

      Are you talking about Lord Ashcroft and others? Interesting times indeed!

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      • inna says:

        go away betty!

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      • lovemycountry says:

        Don`t worry, the story will be told and those of you who think certain color of persons are perfect will soon hear.

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        • Kangoocar says:

          Right on Que. Race has to be brought into the conversation, why?????

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          • Hmmm says:

            Agreed, those Purple people are not as perfect as you think. The Blue folks are just meanies. Beware the Polka dotted persons !!!!

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      • lovemycountry says:

        Every portion of every story will be revealed. Hold on to your seats.

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      • aceboy says:

        Lord Ashcroft's involvement will mean that Misick will likely get off. If he does it is a complete travisty. Lord Ashcroft should be joining him in jail.

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    • lovemycountry says:

      What about the British mates, you not saying anything about them, how hypocritical of you.

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  4. Palika says:

    He's been received as a hero by local population. People have the leader that they deserve....

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    • haha says:

      but not the leader they need at this time...

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    • lovemycountry says:

      And so does your country, mind you own affairs.

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    • lovemycountry says:

      So sorry for you folks who still have the slavery mentality to the British system, that you can even give the justice system a chance to hear the stories before coming to a decision. You don't know the story in Bermuda, stay quite and watch before coming to such conclusions.

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      • Hmmm says:

        There is no British slavery mentality here.

        Sounds like your country is very different, or perhaps an evil propaganda machine that preys on the weak minded has your number.

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  5. tugboatannie says:

    I wouldn't want to be in his shoes……….TIC TOC TIC TOC!!!

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  6. Kangoocar says:

    I'm thinking there could be some nervous ex and current politicians in BDA, feeling a little un easy right about now!!!

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    • Barracuda says:

      We haven't heard from Marc Bean for a while.

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      • Kangoocar says:

        Must be busy planning the opening of his betting shop!!! One has to wonder how the plp church support base will vote next time!! Just kidding of course!! They will be silent and vote the way they always do and give him a pass??? But have no problem with denouncing the OBA for legalizing gaming????

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  7. lovemycountry says:

    And we that God that you are not there either.

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    • Come Correct says:

      Who did you thank when the Bermuda Regiment helped to clean up your country after the hurricane? That British system taught me how to spell quite, quiet and thank pretty well, no local news outlets you can look stupid on?

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      • Srsly? says:

        Must have been real easy for Misick, if you know what I mean...

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  8. islandguy says:

    or is it just unethical!

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