DPP Calls For Confidentiality In Ruel Reid/CMU Money Scandal Investigations


The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, ODPP, is calling for confidentiality to be maintained in the investigation concerning fired Education Minister Ruel Reid and the Caribbean Maritime University. 

In a statement yesterday DPP Paula Llewelyn says in her opinion, there are possibly four breaches of the criminal law, and two possible breaches of common law, in the case. 

She says in April her office received an executive summary of the investigations containing twenty one witness statements and twenty four other documents. 

According to the DPP, nineteen additional statements and electronic information were submitted to her office on July 5.

But she says after reviewing all documents, her team made it clear to the investigators, that a significant portion of potential evidentiary material remained outstanding.

She says her office notes that it’s unethical to prosecute matters that are significantly incomplete and where the full range of criminal conduct is unknown. 

According to the DPP, there’s been breach of the protocols information about investigations to remain confidential, until there’s been a possible arrest or charge.

It’s why she wants the investigation to be confidential. 

She adds that no one is above the law and everyone is entitled to due process.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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