Ruel Reid Confident Allegations Against Him “Not True” – His Attorney Says


The attorney representing embattled former Education Minister, Ruel Reid – Hugh Wildman, says he’s ready to respond appropriately to any decision the Police will make about his client.

Reid is embroiled in a deepening money scandal that’s being investigated by law enforcement.

He was sacked by Prime Minister Holness on March 20 this year, amid the allegations of corruption against him.

Marjorie Gordon reports.

Mr. Wildman says Mr. Reid is the victim of swirling misinformation and political grandstanding.

Mr. Wildman says much of what the former Education Minister is being accused of amounts to administrative gaps.

He says Mr. Reid is maintaining his innocence in relation to allegations of corruption which are circulating on traditional and social media.

A few weeks ago, Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, confirmed that Mr. Reid is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Yesterday, DPP Paula Llewelyn said a team from her office may be in a position by tomorrow to give a preliminary view about what recommendations are to be made to the Police in connection with the probe.

Mr. Reid was fired from the Cabinet by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on March 20 this year.

At that time, Prime Minister Holness said he separated Reid from the job to ensure that any investigation into issues of concern will not in any way be impeded by his presence or oversight of the Ministry.

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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