Efforts to stop British takeover continues

Efforts stop British takeover continues

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos: Michael Misick, the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), is not giving up on saving the country from British direct rule, and will appeal a decision by the court not to block the move.

Last week, Misick challenged the decision by the British government to suspend parts of the TCI constitution, but the High Court in the United Kingdom dismissed his application.

Lawyers for Misick say they will appeal the decision. The lawyers argue that the Order in Council – which will abolish the rights to trial by jury, dissolve the House of Assembly and suspend the duties of Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament for at least two years – goes beyond Britain’s legal power or authority.

The Order, which stemmed from the findings of Sir Robin Auld’s Commission of Inquiry – which identified widespread corruption and found that the mismanagement of the TCI’s economy had left the territory in dire straits – was made on March 18 and presented before the British parliament a week later.

The British takeover has been put back, however, following the announcement that the release of the final report by the Commission of Inquiry into corruption in the British Overseas Territory has been delayed.

The report was scheduled to be released at the end of last month, after which time the direct rule was expected to be implemented. Governor Gordon Wetherell says it will be another month before the document is completed.

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