Turks and Caicos formally requests extradition of former premier

PROVIDENCIALS, Turks and Caicos, Wednesday January 30, 2013 – The Turks and Caicos Islands government has formally requested the extradition of former premier Michael Misick from Brazil, where he has been in prison since his arrest on December 7 last year.

A brief statement by Attorney General Huw Shepheard, noted that “the formal request” had been lodged with the Brazilian government on Tuesday”.

“The Turks and Caicos Islands’ Chief Magistrate and the acting Attorney General formally certified the papers last week and they were taken to Brazil on Sunday.  

“Some time was needed to assemble the documentation and to have the request translated into Portuguese, however the request has been made well within the time limit imposed by the Extradition treaty, in accordance with the intention of the TCI Government and the Special Investigation Prosecution Team (SIPT) to secure Michael Misick’s return to the TCI by due process of law,” the statement said.

Misick was arrested in Brazil as a result of an international arrest warrant issued by INTERPOL and a further warrant issued by the Brazilian Supreme Court.

The TCI said that his arrest had been sought in relation to an ongoing investigation by local authorities into issues arising from Sir Robin Auld’s 2008-09 Commission of Inquiry, relating to alleged corruption and maladministration.

Misick was implicated in large-scale corruption in Turks and Caicos that led to the suspension of the democratic government in the TCI by the United Kingdom.

He faces several “serious charges” relating to corruption and maladministration in TCI, according to a statement issued last month by the TCI Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT). (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)