The trial of Michael Misick, the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and eight other defendants began Monday, as the crown opened the case against them for corruption charges that date back 13 years. The prosecution claims that Misick and others were immersed in corrupt land dealings with developers that netted millions of dollars for politicians as a result of a policy originally designed to benefit local people and give them fair access to land.
“What that policy was not designed to do was to give to the favoured few, family, friends and fellow party supporters a financial reward for doing nothing other than being the named purchaser of land, which was in reality being immediately sold to someone else at a significant profit,” said Andrew Mitchell QC, as he opened the case for the TCI prosecutors.
The lawyer said the defendants undermined, ignored and usurped almost all of the TCI’s institutions designed to ensure and preserve good governance.
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