Arrest warrant issued for Michael Misick, former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands

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An arrest warrant has been obtained and authorized by Interpol for the arrest of Michael Eugene Misick, former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

According to reports, The Special Investigation and Prosecutions Team (SIPT) have sought to secure the attendance of Mr Misick at its offices in Providenciales in respect of allegations of corruption and money laundering during his time in office.

Mr Misick had reportedly been given the opportunity to voluntarily surrender to the SIPT's jurisdiction for interview. Misick's solicitors also stated that he would attend for the interview, but he has failed to do so. Last year a worldwide freeze Misick's assets was ordered by Special Prosecutor Helen Garlick, the Turks and Caiços Sun newspaper reported.

The order included bank accounts held in the Turks and Caiços Islands and overseas, Misick's personal residence in Providenciales, parcels of land throughout the country, two condominiums, a cinema in Providenciales which still carries a variation of his ex-wife Lisa-Raye McCoy's name, and several credit cards.

Misick, who has been at the centre of a corruption probe into the ruling elite on the British dependency, resigned in March 2009, saying he was giving way to a unified Government.

His resignation came as the British government was considering legislation to suspend the constitution and hand over power to the British Governor Gordon Wetherell.

London eventually imposed direct rule on the islands in August 2009, a move that angered Misick who accused the British of organising a coup.