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Former Turks and Caicos premier released on bail
Published on February 9, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- After conflicting reports on Friday morning, it was confirmed later in the day that the Brazilian Supreme Court had ordered the release of the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Michael Misick, on bail pending the processing of an extradition request from the British government.

Misick was reportedly released from custody on Friday. He cannot leave Brazil and he still faces extradition.

According to Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, the British government had not delivered all the paperwork necessary for Misick's extradition within the specified 60 days after his arrest, so he ordered his release. However, this appears to be disputed by the TCI attorney general, Huw Shepheard, who said in a statement on Friday that “TCI prosecutors submitted formal extradition papers on 28 January 2013 within the 60 day time limit.”

In any event, the court in Brazil has given the UK government another 60 days to complete the extradition request.

Misick was arrested on 7 December by Brazilian Federal Police acting on a provisional arrest warrant. His arrest had been sought by the TCI special investigation and prosecution team set up to investigate issues arising from Sir Robin Auld’s 2008-09 Commission of Inquiry.

Earlier on Friday, Shepheard issued a statement refuting a report on Radio Turks and Caicos stating that Misick had been released from prison in Brazil, but was forced to backtrack once reports of Misick’s release were confirmed.
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