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FID attorney rejects claim cops unlawfully arrested, charged Reid and Pinnock

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:00 AM
CMU president Professor Fritz Pinnock and Former Education Minister Ruel Reid.

Richard Small, the attorney representing the Financial Investigations Division (FID) has rejected assertions that police personnel unlawfully arrested and charged former Education Minister Ruel Reid and Caribbean Maritime University President (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock. 

Yesterday attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman who represents Reid and Pinnock, said that the police who charged his clients are authorised officers of the FID and as such did not have the authority to have arrested them. 

"There are a number of false assertions in this application, they are mere assertions and not supported by any evidence. The police officers take with them all of their authorities as a constable to work with the FID,” Small said. 

Further, he argued that as a matter of law, the power given to the officers by the Constabulary Force Act are applicable on any assignments they undertake. 

Last October, Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle, as well as Pinnock and Brown’s Town division Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence were arrested and charged following a year-long corruption probe into the Ministry of Education and the CMU.

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, in December, rejected the application for judicial review by the men to challenge the criminal charges brought against them

However, based on Part 56.5 (1) of the Supreme Court of Jamaica Civil Procedure Rules 2002 Reid and Pinnock renewed their leave of judicial review application in accordance.

What the rule says:

 "Where the application for leave is refused by the judge or is granted on terms … the applicant may renew it by applying in any matter involving the liberty of the subject…” 

A full court panel, comprising Justices David Batts, Chester Stamp and Stephanie Jackson Haisley, is hearing the renewed application for leave for judicial review.

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