Elaborate Arrest of Ruel Reid Appears Staged – Young Jamaica


Youth arm of the governing JLP, Young Jamaica, says it notes with concern the uncomfortable timeline surrounding what it describes as an elaborate media conference staged by PNP President, Dr. Peter Phillips and the arrest of the former Education Minister, Ruel Reid.

Young Jamaica says it’s concerned by what it says is the unprecedented step taken by Dr. Phillips to publicly exert political pressure on the country’s law enforcement agencies.

On Monday, the Opposition Leader threatened protests if the government did not provide a status report on ongoing corruption investigations within 30-days.

The JLP youth affiliate group says the elaborate arrest of Reid with the media present appeared staged.

Young Jamaica says it is also of concern that media entities were alerted to the pre-dawn raids, even though the country’s chief prosecutor, the DPP, was not advised of the pending arrests. 

The group says Dr. Phillips and the PNP appear prepared to breach longstanding principles of non-interference in law enforcement activities in order to achieve their purely political motives.

Young Jamaica President, Howard Chamberlain, is also chiding PNPYO President, Krystal Tomlinson for what he says is Tomlinson’s misguided call yesterday for the resignation of Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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