Mac says he will face Alden in court

| 08/05/2015 | 21 Comments
Cayman News Service

Cayman Islands Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

(CNS): The opposition leader is showing no signs of retracting any of the allegations he has made about Premier Alden McLaughlin having been involved in a conspiracy to topple him from office. McKeeva Bush has said that he intends to face the premier in court if that’s what he wants. Following the filing of a lawsuit against him by McLaughlin Thursday over his controversial conspiracy motion, Bush said he was confident in the matter.

In a short comment to CNS responding to the lawsuit, he said that “in due course” his own lawyers would respond to McLaughlin.

“However, I’m confident in the matter,” Bush said. “And if he wants a trial, that I intend to see, with God’s help, he gets,” the opposition leader added, showing no signs that he was backing down.

The premier filed a writ of summons against Bush yesterday, as he had indicated he would when his political opponent refused to make a public apology and retract his proposed private member’s motion that makes accusations against the current premier about events that happened when he was opposition leader and Bush was premier.

Bush was hoping to use the legal privilege offered to members of parliament to expose documents relating to his own trial, in which he was accused of misusing his government credit card when he used it to draw cash while gambling in casinos on both business and personal trips.

It is understood that some of the material may have other legal implications, possibly regarding a public immunity order that was imposed on some of the documents relating to the former premier’s case.

Although acquitted after a jury trial, Bush claims there is correspondence implicating a list of people, including the police commissioner and the governor, in a conspiracy which led to his arrest, his ousting from office, criminal charges against him for theft — which were later dropped — and his party’s defeat in the 2013 General Election.

Bush filed a private member’s motion last month calling for an independent public enquiry into what happened to him and making various allegations, hoping that he would be able to produce what he claims is damming correspondence on the floor of the LA and not fall foul of any court orders.

However, it is now very unlikely that the motion will reach the floor of the parliament before it is dealt with in court.

On Wednesday Bush filed another motion asking for the removal of the police commissioner, as well as the complaints commissioner and the auditor general from the Anti-Corruption Commission. He implied in that motion as well that he had evidence to support his position that the police commissioner was conflicted as the chair of the ACC, implying that he may now use that motion as a way to reveal documents on the floor of the LA.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great…these two boobs keep wasting our time and money. Excuse me, but where has anything been accomplished in the last decade? Idiots, they deserve each other, and we deserve beter.

    • Jonas says:

      What in you all commenters tweetiering minds is wrong with seeking justice. Isnt that the foundation of the Judicial systems worldwide?. Mr. bush seeks justice to prove that he was covertly and unfairly dismissed through the wiles of the FCO and its local agents; and Mr Mclaughlin seeks to clear his name in this seemingly conspicuous conspiracy in which he has been named. There is evidence we are told,and there possibly will be a move to Barr any information and/or evidence from being revealed if indeed it does exist. Me thinks that the locals are learning fast from their Colonial Masters who dare say may have pointed to the Saga of Tempura as a way to deflect the assault on the integrity of the Crown and its beloved local servants.

  2. OverGoverned says:

    When will these selfish egotists put their egos aside and do what is right for the country.

    The dump still burns.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for that post. Cayman Compass.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hey, it takes a particular brand of smugness to casually ejaculate something like “existential omphaloskepsis” in an editorial!

        • Anonymous says:

          Even my trustworthy “New Collins Concise English Dictionary” does not have the word omphaloskepsis in its listings.It does have the word “omphalos” a Greek noun,which among other definitions means “the central point,and is another word for “navel”.The Compass should stop their navel gazing and write English in lay-persons’ language and cease trying to show off with gibberish.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      I wonder what Bush has in his hand bag. He really needs retire and spend more time in the confession box, rehearsing before he appears in the witness box.

    • Anonymous says:

      When hell freezes over!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Who is paying for all this BS and I hope they fight in their own time.

    These people show what real politicians are. Nothing but big ego’s and complete absence of compassion for the voters they represent.

    It’s disgusting . . . . .

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well we had Rundown and now we go get Runout. By the time these two are finish, we go need every septic tank truck in town.

  5. Anonymous says:

    One is telling the truth and one is lying, one will soon get loose bowels while one will be relaxed and finally one will win while the other loose. The winner returns to lead the Cayman Islands.

  6. E. Stenna says:

    Sounds like Mac has good goods or he’s bluffing big time! We shall see!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well look like lil mac will finally learn some big respec for the Premier of this country.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Weed that bush out of our lives Alden.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This party stuff reminds me of two little kids fighting in a sand box. We need OMOV ASAP. PPM do not let us down.

  10. Sammi blue says:

    You have. Juno choice now Mac and we are waiting with bated breath – but you will never become the Premier of these islands again.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Ask Ellio for help Mac. “I hit him, I hit him”

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