PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Wednesday March 2, 2016 – Despite being in the midst of a corruption trial, former premier Michael Misick is throwing his hat into the political ring again, in the British Overseas Territory’s upcoming elections.
Elections must be held no later than February 2017. And Misick, who led the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) from 2003 to 2009, before resigning, said he intended to put forward himself as a candidate for the ruling Progressive National Party (PNP).
“The struggle to free our beloved island from colonial rule and lead them into true progress and prosperity that includes justice for ‘All Ah We’ begins with the successful re-election of the PNP,” he said on his Facebook page.
“We have seen the injustice, the erosion of longstanding democratic freedoms and the ongoing efforts to diminish the political will and voice of our people. I believe that I still have a part to play in the struggle to liberate our people.”
Misick has submitted his name to the party he led to two general election victories, for consideration in the constituency of North and Middle Caicos – the constituency where he was born and which is currently represented by his nephew, Donhue Gardiner, who is also Minister of Immigration and Labour.
Misick and several other former government ministers and their associates are facing charges of conspiracy to accept bribes in public office, conspiracy to defraud and associated money laundering, brought by a special investigative team set up in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2011.
The case is being heard before Justice Paul Harrison.