The Privy Council is hearing an appeal by a Slovakian businessman, Mario Hoffman, against certain provisional findings made in a report by Sir Robin Auld (formerly a Court of Appeal judge in England) following his investigation into whether there was information that corruption may have taken place in recent years involving members of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) House of Assembly.

Sir Robin was appointed as Commissioner for the Commission of Inquiry into this issue and, after holding hearings in TCI in early 2009, he delivered his report to the Governor in May 2009.

Mr Hoffman contends that the findings exceeded the Commissioner’s remit and that he was unfairly denied an oral hearing.