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Case against former Cayman premier adjourned to June

Saturday, April 27, 2013 | 12:13 PM    

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – Former premier McKeeva Bush returns to court on June 28 after his case had been adjourned following a brief appearance on Friday.

Bush, who is hoping to contest the upcoming general election, stood in court for less than five minutes in connection with 11 counts of corruption charges.

This is the second court appearance for Bush after being charged with anti-corruption crimes.

Bush has been charged with two counts of misconduct in a public office, four counts of breach of trust by a member of the Legislative Assembly and five counts of theft.

Bush, 57, who came to power in 2009, has maintained his innocence. He was first arrested in December last year while in office. Soon after, a lack of confidence motion was declared in the government and the Governor Duncan Taylor revoked Bush’s appointment.

The police said, last year, that Bush had also been detained in connection with the alleged importation of explosive substances without valid permits on or before February 2012, but the ruling United Democratic Party (UDP) accused the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service of "abuse of official power" as it relates to the former premier.

General elections will be held In Cayman Islands on May 22.

At least 40 candidates are expected to contest the elections, but political observers say the election will be a straight fight between the UDP and the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM).

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