The legal saga involving Michael Misick, the former Premier of Turks and Caicos and ex-husband of Single Ladies actress LisaRaye McCoy, continues to drag on. The latest installment in the saga involves a letter written by Misick—who has been detained in a Brazilian prison since April 2013—in which he refutes recent reports made by the Turks and Caicos Islands Journal, which implicate that he is currently in the process of securing a plea deal. According to previous reports the deal is being worked out with American and British law enforcement and would offer him a lesser sentence in exchange for the names of U.S. citizens and senior Jamaican, Bermudan and Cayman Island politicians who have been involved with dirty dealings. Michael, however, claims that his couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I hear the TCI Journal and their British sponsors is up to their old tricks by putting out online a bunch of bull s**t about me. These people are so low and will stoop to anything to try to further destroy me. I am strong in my faith and will never give up no matter what they do…All I can do is keep on praying and be patient that God will soon deliver me from prison here either home or free here in Brazil,” Michael writes in a handwritten letter to his brother, Phillip, which was acquired by the Turks and Caicos SUN.
Oh yeah, and if you’re wondering how Michael wound up in a Brazilian prison here’s the scoop. According to the SUN, the 47-year-old was intially arrested by Brazilian authorities back in December 2012 due to an international arrest warrant, while en route to see his Brazilian attorney. He was released on bail in February of this year, only to be re-arrested in April. According to Michael’s brother, Phillip, he’s only in prison because the SIPT lied to Brazilian authorities regarding his brother’s future plans for “political asylum.”
“What a lot of people don’t know is that Mike was re-arrested because the British and the SIPT lied to the Brazilian authorities and told them that Mike has applied to Argentina for political asylum and was considering going there. That was not true at all, but that was the reason why they denied his asylum appeal. The Brits and SIPT did that; just like how they lied to the Brazilian authorities by telling them that Mike was charged in the Turks and Caicos Islands and skipped the country, when up to this day he has not been charged with a single offence,” he told the SUN.
“Mike has offered to return home on five occasions and he has asked Helen Garlick and the Attorney General Huw Shepheard to lift certain restrictions so he can come back home. He is not fighting (the extradition) but the Brazilian authorities said they want to go through the process,” he added.
He also took advantage of the opportunity to defend his brother against those plea bargain rumors.
“I can tell you as a matter of fact that Mike has not even spoken to any British or American law enforcement authorities and he has not made any plea bargain with anyone. He has not even been approached by them and furthermore he has no information from America that he has done anything wrong in America, so what was printed on the TCI Journal was absolute rubbish and a blatant lie. Mike hasn’t spoken to anyone about anything. He can’t even receive or make calls to and from his family. He is concerned about sorting out his extradition process and returning home to the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
According to reports, Misick’s freedom is contingent upon the outcome of his extradition hearings, which have yet to be assigned official dates.