McKeeva Bush, the premier of the Cayman Islands as well as its minister of finance and tourism, was arrested Dec. 11 on charges of corruption, misuse of public office and theft.

The 57-year-old Bush, who has been in power since 2009, was arrested at his home on Grand Cayman by officers from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Services' Financial Crime Unit and remains in custody.

Charges stem from police probes into suspected theft related to misuse of a government credit card as well as the abuse of office over the alleged importation of unspecified explosive substances without valid permits, according to a statement from the RCIPS.

Bush was elected premier in May 2009. He earlier served in the same post from November 2001 to May 2005 and is the longest-serving member of the Legislative Assembly, having been elected in 1984.

Bush is the second head of a British-dependent territory to be arrested within days. Brazilian authorities arrested former Turks and Caicos premier Michael Misick on Dec. 8 on an international arrest warrant issued by Interpol.

Misick, who had been on the run for three years, was sought by British investigators on charges of rampant corruption during his administration.

Proceedings are under way to extradite Misick back to Turks and Caicos.

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