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The AJ visits the Turks and Caicos Islands

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As British Overseas Territory the Turks & Caicos Islands comes under scrutiny from MPs over allegations of ‘corruption and a climate of fear’, James Pallister reports back from one of the Caribbean island group’s key tourist developments, unconnected to the allegations, which features a stellar cast of architects including David Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid.

‘People call our sales office, and without having seen the plot or design, they’ll say: “I’ll take a Chipperfield”, or “I’ll take a Zaha Hadid”. Design coordinator Sandra Nassima is referring to the luxury villas which her employer, Turkish property entrepreneur Dr Cem Kinay, has just started building.

Nassima is speaking from a white sandy beach in the middle of the Caribbean approximately 914km from Miami. More specifically, she is on Dellis Cay, one of the islands that makes up the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British territory now at the centre of corruption allegations.

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