Justice Minister Calls Raids On Ruel Reid & Co-accused “Improper”

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Justice Minster, Delroy Chuck, says he’s disappointed with the approach taken by the authorities in taking former Education Minister Ruel Reid and others into custody yesterday.

Reid, his wife and daughter, Caribbean Maritime University, CMU President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, and JLP Councilor for the Brown’s Town Division in North West St. Ann, Kim Brown Lawrence, were all arrested and charged yesterday.

They were detained in pre-dawn raids.

All five were charged yesterday afternoon by investigators at the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA, and the Financial Investigations Division, FID.

In a statement yesterday, MOCA described the five accused as the main suspects implicated in a miluti-million dollar corruption and fradulent scheme allegedly perpetrated at the Education Ministry, the CMU and other agencies that were under the purview of the sacked Education Minister.  

Minister Chuck says the approach taken by the authorities was improper.

The Justice Minister says the approach was also unnecessary given it appears Reid and Pinnock have co-operated with the investigation.

Meanwhile, Minister Chuck is warning that any breakdown in the case when the matter is brought before the court, could undermine public trust in the investigative capabilities of the authorities.

He was speaking with the media following a Child Diversion sensitisation meeting in St. Mary, yesterday.



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


One thought on “Justice Minister Calls Raids On Ruel Reid & Co-accused “Improper”

  1. SkullyJA

    I agree with Mr. Chuck, the whole procedure of carrying out the arrests were so not necessary, unless its a deliberate attempt to further embarrass the accused men and have a sort of fan fair. What the investigators hope to fine at this time by conducting a raid and search? The accused had more than enough time to destroy whatever evidence that could further implicate them, so what is this show about with the media being present at the raids?

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