Providenciales, 20 Jan 2016 – Andrew Mitchell is still delivering his opening statement in the ongoing SIPT trials and on Tuesday told judge and jury, Justice Paul Harrison that there are six standards his team will lay out as violated by the Mike Misick government regime.
Mitchell’s statement which says, “We submit that those six identifiers of standards for a minister are the standards against which the Court will look to judge and consider the behavior of the ministers in their interaction with developers, and in relation to the sale of crown land.”
Andrew Mitchell, who is lead prosecutor in the Helen Garlick investigation for the Crown, described the Ministers, attorneys and relatives as extra-ordinary citizens with an extra-ordinary responsibility to the residents of the TCI.
“The importance of this part of the case is that these are not ordinary citizens being judged against ordinary allegations in a case of fraud, it is a question of judging them against the standard which they as ministers should have worked to.”
The QC for the Crown also accused the former Premier of electioneering in 2003, of working to avoid bringing legislation requiring integrity and Mitchell mentioned, in his Tuesday presentation, the Opposition PDM.
He, meaning Michael Misick, “said that a PNP Government would introduce integrity legislation if they won the election. This was we suggest an empty piece of electioneering. Despite being reminded of his pledge by the then opposition and the Governor it took until April 2008, when a Bill became an Ordinance, although Misick tried to delete any Integrity obligations on members on the basis that there was the Register of Members Interests Ordinance.”
Nine are accused of corruption in the trial which is being held in a special courtroom at the Myrtle Rigby Health complex.