(CNS): Former Cayman Islands governor, Duncan Taylor, has confirmed he will be fighting the lawsuit filed by Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush alleging he conspired with the commissioner of police (CoP) to oust him from office. Taylor, who is now the British Ambassador to Mexico, told CNS, ‘These allegations are unfounded and will be rebutted robustly. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further in view of ongoing civil legal proceedings.”
A lawsuit filed last week by Bush’s attorneys, Travers Thorp Alberga, naming Taylor, Police Commissioner David Baines and the attorney general, accuses Taylor of giving directions and instructions to Baines regarding the conduct of the investigation against the then premier into the alleged misuse of his government credit card while he was gambling on slot machines in casinos.
The suit alleges that even before the credit card probe began, Taylor had made an agreement with the CoP to “urgently find a plausible basis” for criminal charges to be brought against Bush before the start of the campaign in March for the May 2013 general election to ensure he lost his position as premier and that his party, the UDP, lost the election.
Bush further claims that the then governor and the police commissioner in collusion asked the auditor general to examine Bush’s use of his credit card.
The lawsuit claims that Taylor conducted himself “contrary to the constitutional duties of his office” by manipulating the political and criminal justice process.
Taylor came to Cayman as governor in January 2010 from Barbados, where he had been the British High Commissioner for that territory and the Eastern Caribbean. Unlike many of his predecessors, the job as the UK’s representative in Cayman was not Taylor’s last position before retirement and in May 2013 his appointment as the British ambassador to Mexico was announced.
He was replaced with the current governor, Helen Kilpatrick, who arrived in Cayman in September 2013, not only the first woman to hold the office but the first governor not to come from the diplomatic corps. Before taking up the office here, Kilpatrick was working at the Home Office as the director general of finance and corporate services before acting as the permanent secretary.