Former Turks & Caicos Premier Arrested in Brazil

The British government had obtained an international warrant for Misick through Interpol in March. Misick is accused of corruption, misusing public money and profiting from the sale of government-owned land to developers.

Misick has said the charges are politically motivated. He stepped down in 2009, shortly after Britain took temporary control of the territory’s government amid allegations of rampant corruption. The territory held parliamentary elections last month for the first time in three years, ending Britain’s direct rule.

Mr Smith said Britain will seek Misick’s extradition to the Turks and Caicos Islands. No further details on Misick’s arrest were available.

Misick was first elected premier in 2003 and then re-elected in 2007. He stepped down in 2009, shortly after Britain took temporary control of the local government.

There was mixed reaction to his arrest in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Some celebrated the news while others lamented it, accusing Britain of running a smear campaign against Misick and his Progressive National Party.

Party members called an emergency meeting to talk about the arrest, which comes nearly a month after the territory held parliamentary elections for the first time in three years, ending Britain’s direct rule.

(Re-printed from MercoPress.com)



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