THE FORMER PREMIER FAMILY SPEAKS OUT FOR JUSTICE
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THE FORMER PREMIER FAMILY SPEAKS OUT FOR JUSTICE

Cockburn Town : Turks and Caicos Islands | Jan 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM PST
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Michael Misick

Mike Misick is seeking justice and speaking out concerning his present situation being imprisoned in Brazil.

He saw major changes to our laws and the criminal justice system in the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past three years. These laws we believe were put in place so that the British Government and their Special Investigation Team (SIPT) can secure his conviction.

Aware of the many changes being made to the system of Justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the former premier knew that he would not have been afforded a fair trial, especially when the Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the overseas British Minister Bellingham, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Helen Garlick of SIPT. claimed that he was guilty.

A letter has since surfaced with shocking information about the conditions he is presently bein detained.in.

Mike was arrested unlawfully and his human rights is being violated by the British Government, he is being made to suffer in one of the worst prisons in the world even though he has not been charged with any crime.

Mike told all who would listen, his efforts are to ensure he is given a fair trial by jury of his peers, with no hand pick Judge and under the same criminal regime that was in place at the time SIPT say he committed these offences.

The former Premier is crying out for help. How can anyone fight against a country like Britain whose leaders are hell bent on convicting him at all cost.

I call on all Human Right Activist everywhere and the Human Rights Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands to speak out and to look into this situation. I call on all God fearing Turks and Caicos Islanders to speak out against this abuse.

By Alith Misick Gardiner

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Michael Misick former Primer of the Turks and Caicos Islands
THE FORMER PREMIER FAMILY SPEAKS OUT FOR JUSTICE The family of Mike Misick is seeking justice and speaking out concerning his present situation being imprisoned in Brazil. "It is my view that every man is innocent until proven otherwise" We saw major changes to our laws and the criminal justice system in the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past three years. These laws we believe were put in place so that the British Government and their Special Investigation Team (SIPT) can secure convictions of persons who were accused by SIPT and not to benefit the general public nor are they in the public interest. How it is that these laws are backward looking and are designed specifically to make it easier to prosecute the former premier, his ministers and others? Aware of the many changes being made to the system of Justice in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the former premier knew that he would not have been afforded a fair trial, his fear was amplified by the remarks made by Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, the overseas British Minister Bellingham, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Helen Garlick of SIPT. They all made statements to the effect that the former premier and others are guilty and would be convicted. This is the reason he decided not to return home until he can be assured a fair trial by a jury of his peers, anyone who knows former Premier must know that must have been the hardest thing he had to do, that is stay away from his home the place he love so much. We all saw how he was treated after being him arrested by Brazilian Federal police with two SIPT officers in Brazil ; we said nothing hoping that this time the British, FCO and SIPT would act in a professional manner and ensure that his human rights was protected and bring him home. To date no one from the FCO, the Governor's Office or SIPT has offered our family the very basic information; as to his detention, where he is being kept and what condition he is being held under, why are we not allowed to call him and why is he not allowed to call us. It is shameful that what we know we have learned through the media. A letter has since surfaced with shocking information about the conditions he is presently in, this should never have happened to him or anyone. Some wonder if the writing was his, we can confirm it is his writing. Today I have broken my silence as do believe that Mike was arrested unlawfully and his human rights is being violated by the British Government and is being made to suffer in one of the worst prisons in the world even though he was never charged with any crime. He left the island without being questioned by SIPT. The AG and SIPT representation to the Brazilians that he escaped lawful custody in order not to avoid being prosecuted is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts. He has no right being detained in a maximum security prison. To be placed in a maximum security prison is wrong he was never convicted of any crime in Brazil or the Turks and Caicos Islands. His being place in such a prison clearly show that FCO and SIPT will stoop to any level to humiliate the former Primer. We truly believe as others do that all Mike wanted was a fair trial by jury of his peers, with no hand pick Judge and under the same criminal regime that was in place at the time SIPT say he committed these offences. If the FCIO, the Governor and SIPT is so sure that the evidence is over whelming in their favor why have they gone to such extreme to rig the outcome of any prosecution. The former Premier is crying out for help. How can anyone fight against a country like Britain whose leaders are hell bent on convicting him at all cost. One wonders would his side of the story ever be heard? and could justice ever be served under these conditions? Would Britain or Brazil for that matter have stuck one of their former leaders in a prison that the UN has condemned as unfit for humans occupation, particularly where that leader is only being detained on the basis of allege non-violent crimes. Great Britain is a member of the United Nations Security Council, should they have been involved in such an act? "The UK authorities are grateful to their Brazilian counterparts for their cooperation." SIPT press release reads, does this gratefulness, one wonders extend to the UK complicity in the condition with which the former premier has been detained for the past three weeks. I call on all Human Right Activist everywhere and the Human Rights Commission of the Turks and Caicos Islands to speak out and to look into this situation. I call on all God fearing Turks and Caicos Islanders to speak out against this abuse. By Alith Misick Gardiner
IndependenceNow is based in Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos and East Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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