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H.E. on Tempura Complaint

HE the Governor, Mr. Duncan Taylor, CBE

In early Summer 2010, Mr. Martin Polaine made a complaint to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about certain aspects of the Operation Tempura investigation in the Cayman Islands. The complaint was referred to me, as Governor, for consideration. Mr. Martin Bridger later asked to be considered a joint complainant. Mr. Polaine subsequently withdrew his complaint and Mr. Bridger took full ownership of it.

I was not the Governor during the period of Operation Tempura and did not have first-hand knowledge of events which had transpired during those years. Due to the factual and legal complexity of the complaint and the large amount of documents which had to be considered, in late August 2010 I instructed independent Queen's Counsel from London to advise me on how to proceed.

I have now received detailed legal advice in respect of the complaint. I am still considering some aspects of that advice but I have reached a conclusion in regard to the complaint as it touches on the Judiciary. I have dismissed all the complaints made against the Judiciary, namely those complaints made against the Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Henderson and Mr. Justice Cresswell.

I have seen an article in the Financial Times dated 13 January 2011 touching upon some of these matters. The allegations referred to in that article appear to be similar to certain allegations in the complaint. I consider that any allegations raised against the Judiciary of the Cayman Islands in that article inferring that they had conspired to frustrate or interfere with Operation Tempura are unfounded and without justification.

In due course and once I have concluded consideration of all aspects of the complaint I shall make a further statement.

I would like to take this opportunity to make clear that I have every confidence in the Judiciary of the Cayman Islands.

Duncan Taylor, Governor, Cayman Islands