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Former Premier Michael Misick expected back in TCI today

Tuesday, January 07, 2014    

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MICHAEL Misick, the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is expected to be extradited from Brazil today, according to a report in the online edition of the TCI Sun.

The Sun said confirmation of Misick's return was given yesterday in the Supreme Court by Queen's Counsel Andrew Mitchell, the lead prosecutor for the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT).

Mitchell, the Sun said, told the court that when Misick returns he will be charged and taken before a magistrate where he is expected to apply for bail. He is facing charges for alleged corruption.

Said the report: "The Sun understands, from reliable sources, that a British police officer, Inspector Tony Noble, will be accompanying Misick from Brazil. Misick will be represented by attorney Oliver Smith, who will be joined by a

team of high-powered international lawyers."

The newspaper said supporters of the former premier were yesterday preparing T-shirts and placards in anticipation of his arrival.

"Special Prosecutor Helen Garlick previously stated that whenever Misick returns to the Turks and Caicos Islands on the plane, SIPT's senior investigating officer is not prepared to let anyone, including the former premier's lawyers, to have any conversations with him during the journey," the Sun reported.

It was, however, not clear yesterday if the SIPT would be sticking to that position.

Garlick, the newspaper reported, said it was standard procedure for transporting prisoners, noting while he is on the plane, no efforts will be made to interview Misick or talk to him about any matter relating to the case.

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