A government issued international arrest warrant and Interpol Red Notice was announced Monday for former Turks and Caicos Islands premier and actress LisaRaye‘s ex Michael Misick. A Red Notice is an Interpol announcement describing a wanted person and asking that he or she be arrested with a view to extradition. Misick who has gone into hiding in an unnamed country is seeking political asylum from prosecution by British investigators who are delving into allegations of government corruption in the UK territory, reports The Miami Herald.
In a press release that was issued by Misick, the 46-year-old claims that he was unfairly targeted and denied that he was on the lam. Misick also noted that those people who supported his Progressive National Party (PNP) during his tenure like his family, cabinet ministers and their families as well are also being investigated.
Let be clear. I am not a fugitive, and will never be a fugitive,” Misick said according to The Miami Herald. “I have applied for political asylum from another country and I am merely seeking protection from political persecution.”
The island’s Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) over the past two years has relentlessly tried to get Misick to discuss with them the allegations of corruption and money laundering while he held office and to no avail.
Every opportunity has been given to Mr. Misick to voluntarily surrender to the SIPT’s jurisdiction for interview. Despite previous indications from Mr. Misick’s solicitors that he would attend for interview, he has failed to do so,” says an SIPT press release as reported by FP Turks and Caicos News.
It was apparent that systemic corruption reigned supreme so a probe was launched into allegations of corruption in land sales, distribution of government contracts and development deals and the granting of voting rights, and misuse of public funds. The charges of corruption also allege that Misick was said to have built up an astronomical multi-million dollar fortune since he was elected in 2003 first as chief minister when he declared assets of only $50,000, then as the country’s first premier from 2006 to 2009 when he resigned. PNP members who lived simple existences prior to Misick’s tenure suddenly upgraded themselves to lavish lifestyles which included mansions, exotic vehicles and hefty bank accounts. In 2009, Misick resigned after the British government suspended the Turks and Caicos’ constitution and direct rule following a commission of inquiry into corruption allegations by his government. Misick to this day denies any wrongdoing.
Actress LisaRaye married Misick in April 2006 and divorced him two years later amidst rumors of infidelity. There was also speculation that the people of T&C were not fond of their First Lady. The divorce eventually turned nasty with allegations of physical confrontations and accusations of theft. There was also a claim of rape levied against Misick involving a unidentified woman who was supposedly a friend of LisaRaye’s.
Regarding the alleged corruption probe, so far 13 people have been formally charged in court with taking millions of dollars to fraudulently distribute government land and giving access to developers. Next month, the Turks and Caicos Supreme Court is scheduled to decide if they should proceed with a trial based on the evidence that is presented to them against Misick.