(CMR) Former Deputy Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands Floyd Basil Hall and former Speaker of the House of Assembly Clayton Green were sentenced to 12 months and six months, respectively, in a decade-long corruption case.
According to the TCI Sun, Green was found guilty of money laundering and concealing proceeds of Crime, while Hall was found guilty of bribery in a high-profile corruption trial by Chief Justice Mabel Agyemang on September 25, 2023. They were sentenced last week.
AP News reported that two, along with two others, were arrested after the British government suspended the Turks and Caicos government in August 2009 and imposed direct rule following a commission of inquiry that found systemic corruption in the Caribbean British territory.
Most of the corruption consisted of bribery by overseas developers and others to secure government land on “favorable terms, coupled with government approval for its commercial development,” according to the commission’s report.
Floyd Hall was accused of accepting bribes from developers and of conspiring with former Premier Michael Misick to defraud the Turks and Caicos Islands in deals involving government-owned land.
A 2009 interim report found “clear signs of political amorality and immaturity and of general administrative incompetence.”
The charges against the accused were first filed in 2011, with the prosecution requesting that a trial without jury be held. It argued that the case was complex, had received a lot of publicity and that it was impossible to find an impartial jury.