Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has received support from fellow politician Kenneth Bryan who says people must not jump to conclusions and everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
Last week it was revealed how Mr. Bush will not face any further action after he was accused of grabbing the buttocks of a waitress at a Florida casino.
Mr. Bush spent the night in custody and was released on a $1,000 bond. But authorities in the United States said they are dropping the case – and will not be speaking to the former Premier about the matter again.
Now the Independent member for George Town Central has said he knows firsthand what it’s like to be accused of a crime – and having people jump to the wrong conclusions.
“A person is innocent until proven guilty,” said Mr. Bryan. “And that’s exactly how people should have treated the Honourable Speaker after his arrest.
“He wasn’t even charged with anything and, as he said he would, he has now been exonerated. I know firsthand what he went through.
“I was arrested myself in the past and some people are always very quick to throw you under the bus. I just hope now the people of this country can move on.”
Following his arrest in Florida, some members of the Legislative Assembly questioned Mr. Bush’s position and called for “dignity, honour and prestige” to be restored to the position of Speaker of the House.
Mr. Byran was not one of those who supported this.
He added: “The idea to have him removed from his position was something I never supported because it would have had a serious detrimental effect on government, its structure and the running of the country.”
After it was announced there would be no charges against the Speaker, Mr. Bush issued a statement thanking his wife, family, friends and colleagues for their support.
He added: “The last few weeks have been very difficult for me and my family and the support we have received has helped us get through these difficult times.
“To my detractors, my only hope is that you never have to go through what me and my family have over the past few weeks, but if you do, hopefully those around you will not rush to judgement and say or write disparaging comments before the truth prevails.”