Brazil to extradite former Turks and Caicos premier Misick

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Tuesday January 7, 2014, CMC – Former premier Michael Misick will be extradited from Brazil on Tuesday to face allegations of corruption, Andrew Mitchell, the lead prosecutor for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team has said.

He told the Supreme Court late Monday that upon his return to the British Overseas Territory, Misick will be charged and taken before a magistrate where he is expected to apply for bail.

Misick will be represented by attorney Oliver Smith who will be joined by a team of high-powered international lawyers.

Last October, the Brazilian Supreme Court ordered the extradition of former Misick who is facing corruption related charges arising from his tenure as head of government.

Last year, the head investigator in a British government’s probe of corruption in the TCI confirmed that Misick, will join 10 others, including four of his cabinet ministers, in defending allegations that they illegally sold government lands for profit and cut other sweetheart deals to enrich themselves during their tenure in office.

Misick, who has been in a Brazilian jail since he was re-arrested in Sao Paulo last April had denied reports that he was seeking a plea bargain with British and American law enforcement authorities in return for implicating United States citizens and senior politicians in Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

The allegations against the former premier stem from the findings of the 2008/2009 Sir Robin Auld’s Commission of Inquiry which found widespread misuse of government funds and property.

Misick, who has maintained his innocence, had sought political asylum in Brazil, claiming that he was unfairly targeted by British authorities. Brazil rejected his application for political asylum. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)