Judicial Review Court turns-down application by former Education Minister and CMU President

by March 2nd, 2020

The Judicial Review Court today, (March 2) turned down an application brought by former Education Minister, Ruel Reid and President of the Caribbean Maritime University, CMU Professor Fritz Pinnock.

The men are seeking to have criminal charges against them quashed.

However, Attorney-at-Law, Hugh Wildman who is representing the men, says he will be taking the matter to the Court of Appeal.

He says the appeal will be filed by tomorrow, (March 3).

The court comprising Supreme Court judges, David Batts, Chester Stamp and Stephanie Jackson-Haisley disagreed with submissions made by lawyers representing the men, that police officers assigned to the Financial Investigations Division, F-I-D, did not have the authority to arrest and charge them.

Lead attorney, Hugh Wildman had argued, that the action by officers of the F-I-D to charge Mr. Reid and Professor Pinnock was unlawful, as the F-I-D had no such authority to do so.

But attorney-at-law Richard Small who is representing the F-I-D argued that the police officers took with them all of their authorities as constables when they went to work with the F-I-D.

Mr. Small contended that the powers given to police officers under the Jamaica Constabulary Force Act are applicable to any assignments they undertake.

Last October, Chief Justice Bryan Sykes rejected an application brought by the men, prompting them to take the matter to the Judicial Review Court.

Mr. Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle, Professor Pinnock and Browns Town Division Councillor, Kim Brown Lawrence are facing corruption charges.

They are on bail and are to return to court on April 8.

It is alleged, that the Ministry of Education was defrauded of millions of dollars.