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Cayman Islands Government

Operation Tempura Update

Acting Commissioner James Smith

Statement from Acting Commissioner James Smith

Update on Operation Tempura

1 May 2009

Following the conclusion of inquiries by the special investigation team into alleged criminal conduct by former Commissioner of Police, Stuart Kernohan and Chief Superintendent John Jones, the Attorney General's Chambers has reviewed the files and has concluded that there is insufficient evidence to prefer any criminal charges against either Mr Kernohan, or Mr Jones.

As Acting Commissioner of Police, I have advised the special investigation team that no charges will be laid and that the criminal inquiry into former Commissioner of Police, Stuart Kernohan and Chief Superintendent John Jones is concluded. Both Mr Kernohan and Mr Jones have also been notified through their legal counsel.

I concur with the advice from the Attorney General's Chambers and am waiting on a file from the special investigation team in order to review and consider whether or not the evidence may lead to disciplinary action against Chief Superintendent John Jones.

Martin Bridger is no longer employed as Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Tempura; his place has been taken by Anne Lawrence from the UK Metropolitan Police, who was previously Mr Bridger's deputy. SIO Lawrence has been on island since January and is well placed to oversee this enquiry.

As Acting Commissioner of Police, I continue to oversee Operation Cealt.