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Update on the Independent Investigation

Statement from Acting Commissioner James Smith

Update on the independent investigation, 3 February 2008

In an earlier statement I shared that a formal assessment of the allegations of corruption within the RCIPS was due by the end of January.

I can confirm that I have received the full report from the team, and that I have shared it with HE the Governor Stuart Jack. As soon as the Cabinet is available, probably early next week, I will also share the broad findings with them followed by a briefing to my senior management team.

To put this report in context, I have to go back to March last year when people started coming forward with information concerning alleged corruption within the RCIPS. After reviewing this initial information, HE the Governor instructed the investigative team to comprehensively document and assess the allegations being received from the community.

The Governor made this request in May last year, and since then a lot of work has been completed. The report is comprehensive and includes the result of 171 debriefing interviews, which took 406 debriefing working days. There are 7100 pages of audio transcripts including community impact statements.

The report is unprecedented for the Cayman Islands and brings forward matters of very serious concern. I am currently working on a plan to deal with matters raised in the report, and whilst I am unable to share more information at this time, I will keep the public informed when it is possible and appropriate to do so.