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Fugitive Caribbean former premier arrested in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The ex-premier of the Turks and Caicos islands, wanted in connection with a corruption probe on the tiny British-ruled Caribbean island, was arrested Friday in Rio, police said.

A police statement said Michael Misick, 50, was arrested at Rio's Santos Dumont airport as he tried to board a Sao Paulo-bound flight.

His detention was ordered by Supreme Court judge Ricardo Levandowsky following an arrest warrant issued by the British government, it added.

Misick resigned in 2009 following a corruption scandal in which he was accused of money laundering and bribery in the British territory.

Britain reassumed direct control of the Caribbean nation in August of the same year after declaring corruption to be “endemic.”

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