November 23, 2020

Governor wins first round in Tempura battle. Gag order on Evans

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IMG_5359 Governor Duncan TaylorwebNot unexpectedly, HE Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor has won easily the first round in his battle to stop the release of a complaint by former Operation Tempura chief investigating officer, Martin Bridger.

The complaint was filed by Bridger and its release to the public was ordered by Jennifer Dilbert, The Cayman Islands Complaints Commissioner last November 2012.

However, Governor Taylor, backed by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), filed for a judicial review of her decision, which he challenged. Taylor claimed the information commissioner’s decision to release records relating to Operation Tempura corruption probe was unreasonable.

English High Court Judge, Sir Alan Moses, granted Taylor’s submission on February 8th and this means the withholding of the complaint.

The document certain officials in the Cayman Islands government, the Governor and the FCO have been fighting to keep under wraps is a 185 page review of that complaint filed by Bridger. It cost the public purse $300,000 to produce.

No date has been set for the judicial review, although June/July has been mentioned, but it is unlikely it will be open to the public.

Our sources in London have informed us that ex Cayman Net News reporter now residing in England, John Evans, the man who actually was the match that started the bonfire, which spread to Operation Tempura, has been named by Justice Moses as a “person directly affected” in the judicial review. This effectively places a “gag order” on him from writing to Cayman’s media as he has done so profusely over the years whenever Tempura raises its head.

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