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.