Why had Michel Misick resigned in 2009?
Like Socrates Michel Misick, the former Premier and Leader of the Progressive National Party of the Turks and Caicos Islands a British Overseas Territory whose laws are based on English (UK) laws and precedents, was forced to resign in 2009 because of alleged corruption while in government. This stemmed from a Commission of Inquiry initiated by the Foreign Office in London that was completed by Sir Robin Auld in 2008. The Commission indicated that there was systemic corruption in government and this eventually led to the UK re-imposing direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands and power to govern transferred to the Governor from Britain in 2009, ending Misick six-year rule. On the 19 March 2012, Mr Misick sought asylum in Brazil, from impending criminal prosecution by the UK. He claimed that he had been targeted unfairly by the British Government. “I am not a fugitive, and will never be a fugitive. I have applied for political asylum from another country in accordance with the United Nations Conventions on Human Rights, I am merely seeking protection from political persecution,” Misick elaborated on his theory that the British are persecuting him because of his plans of leading the country to its independence. Mr Misick’s trial is currently being heard without a jury by Paul Harrison who is appointed by the British government. He is currently on trial for among other things, misappropriating between $1 and $13 million that should have gone into the government’s Treasury.