Credit Due? McKeeva Bush, Former Cayman Islands Premier Cleared of All Criminal Charges
11 charges of misconduct and breach of trust laid on Former Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush have been quashed as the ex-leader was found not guilty.
Bush was cleared by a Cayman Islands jury of all charges on Thursday afternoon. The seven-member jury deliberated for a single day.
The central charge in the case involved the alleged withdrawal of money in casinos in Tampa, Fla, Las Vegas and Nassau against a government-issued credit card.
That led to a chain of events that saw Bush leave office after a motion of no-confidence against him passed 11-3 in the Legislative Assembly.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly was soon named Premier of the Cayman Islands, and the territory soon held elections that saw Alden McLaughlin take over as the territory’s new Premier.
Bush ran and won in that election, winning a seat in the West Bay District constituency.
Throughout the period, Bush maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing, eventually vindicated in a George Town court on Friday.
Bush was helped in the case by Geoffrey Cox QC, William Frain-Bell, Ramon Alberga QC, Michael Alberga and the firm of Travers Throp Alberga.