Yet more arrests in Turks and Caicos Islands

first_img 61 Views   no discussions Former Minister for Natural Resources, McAllister HanchellPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — The special investigation and prosecution team (SIPT) in the Turks and Caicos Islands has confirmed the arrest of two more individuals in connection with the ongoing investigations into allegations of widespread government corruption.According to the first statement on Friday by the SIPT, a 43-year-old man had been arrested and bailed on Thursday.Another statement later in the day said, “A 48-year-old-man was interviewed by the SIPT and has been charged today with conspiring to defraud the [Turks and Caicos Islands government]. He has been bailed to appear at Providenciales Magistrates’ Court on 6th December.”Although the individuals arrested were, once again, not named by the SIPT, according to media reports the 43-year-old man referred to is a former minister of natural resources.If so, the only person fitting that description about whom the 2008-9 Commission of Inquiry had much to say is McAllister ‘Piper’ Hanchell.The possible allegations against Hanchell were spelled out in detail in the Commission’s 265-page final report of possible corruption, or other serious dishonesty in relation to past and present elected members of the legislature.In relation to Hanchell, the Commission recommended criminal investigation by police or others in relation to him of possible corruption and/or other serious dishonesty including misfeasance in public office in relation to the following and other similar matters in recent years:— Hanchell, in accepting from Arlington Musgrove payments totalling over $300,000 into the PNP South Caicos account purportedly as campaign funding for the February 2007 election, possibly entered into a corrupt transaction;— Hanchell, in his office of minister for natural resources, entered into possibly corrupt and/or otherwise seriously dishonest transactions by offering on behalf of the government grants of Crown Land to himself and/or to companies that he substantially owned or controlled;— Hanchell potentially abused his ministerial position by instructing the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for Natural Resources to allocate Crown Land to individuals of his choice, or to allocate, or instruct the Permanent Secretary or other of his departmental officers to allocate Crown Land to individuals identified and notified to him by fellow Ministers, in all or most cases without proper regard to the Crown Land Policy;— Hanchell may have participated in possibly corruption arrangements in which offers of Crown Land were made to individuals, who had not applied for the land, with a view to the recipients of the offers selling the land on quickly to developers at a substantial profit for all the parties involved;— A possibility of corruption and/or other serious dishonesty, including misfeasance in public office, in relation to Hanchell in the chain of events leading to secret payment by Dr Cem Kinay of $500,000 to Misick in January 2007;— Hanchell possibly abused his ministerial position and/or acted corruptly or otherwise seriously dishonestly and/or in misfeasance of his public office, by deliberately undermining the authority of the Chief Valuation Officer, in relation to the valuation of land at Joe Grant Cay, by rejecting the valuations undertaken by him, with a view, possibly, to ensuring a swift completion of sale of the land to the consortium led by Dr Kinay at a very large undervaluation.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share NewsRegional Yet more arrests in Turks and Caicos Islands by: – November 26, 2011last_img

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