Interpol issued a “red notice” warrant yesterday against former premier of Turks and Caicos Islands Michael Misick, who is being investigated by British authorities for corruption.
) - Misick is believed to be in the Dominican Republic, according to media reports.
A “red notice” means Interpol, the international police agency, is requesting a provisional arrest of a person with a goal of extradition.
Misick resigned in 2009 following a corruption scandal in which he was accused of money laundering and bribery in the British territory.
Britain reassumed direct control of the tiny Caribbean nation in August of the same year after declaring corruption to be “endemic”. Much of the alleged wrongdoing centered on misuse of government land.
Politicians and their associates were accused of obtaining parcels at heavily discounted prices then selling them to foreign developers at a profit.
Part of the reason suspicion was directed at Misick was his flamboyant lifestyle. He is an ex-husband of Hollywood actress LisaRaye McCoy.
Queen Elizabeth II appointed Gordon Wetherall to replace Misick.
Wetherall served as premier for the next two years, as recommended by the same commission of inquiry that requested an arrest warrant against Misick.
The Turks and Caicos Islands’ special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT) said in a statement that in recent months, “Every opportunity has been given to Mr Misick to voluntarily surrender to the SIPT’s jurisdiction for interview. Despite previous indications from Mr Misick’s solicitors that he would attend for interview, he has failed to do so.” The warrant for Misick follows a string of recent arrests and court appearances by members of his ousted administration.
A hearing is scheduled for next month at the country’s Supreme Court for former deputy premier Floyd Hall, three former ministers, two foreign developers and two lawyers, among others.
They face charges of bribery, money laundering, conspiring to defraud the government, and acquiring proceeds of criminal conduct.
All 11 defendants are currently out of jail on bail for amounts ranging between US$100,000 to US$36 million.
The highest bail was for Italian developer Jak Civre, who is accused of bribery. The 74-year-old built the lavish Seven Stars vacation resort in Providenciales.
Misick has maintained his innocence from the outset. Last week, he sparked controversy by calling for a commission of inquiry into the actions of the British-led interim government.
Dominican Watchdog Note: President Leonel have nothing against Micheal as his activities is very similar to those of the corrupt PLD government in DR. Michael Misick could probably get political asylum in the Dominican Republic, so why not give Leonel a call...!!! Read about the fuck up's of Leonel