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Ex-leader of Turks and Caicos back to face charges

Former premier of Turks and Caicos returns to British territory to face corruption charges

Ex-leader of Turks and Caicos back to face charges

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (AP) -- The former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands is back in the British territory to face corruption charges.

Michael Misick is accused of taking bribes as he presided over the chain of islands southeast of the Bahamas. He was captured in Brazil in December 2012 and extradited back to Turks and Caicos at the request of the British government.

Misick was to appear Tuesday before a magistrate on Grand Turk but was not expected to enter a plea. He has previously denied wrongdoing.

As premier, Misick grew wealthy as the Turks enjoyed a development-fueled boom. A commission of inquiry found evidence of systemic corruption, prompting the British government to suspend direct rule for three years. Prosecutors have charged 14 people, including several of Misick's former ministers.


Updated : 2021-01-25 06:39 GMT+08:00