Wed | Dec 11, 2019

Keep your mouth shut, Mr Chuck!

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:32 AM
Delroy Chuck
Delroy Chuck


Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck made several comments in the public domain concerning the recent arrests of former colleague and minister of education, Ruel Reid; president of the Caribbean Maritime University, Fritz Pinnock; and others in the corruption/fraud probe.

Mr Chuck said the predawn raid took place “(in a manner that) looks like Nicodemus in the night”. Really, Mr Chuck? He also stated that the director of public prosecutions (DPP) seemed not to have all the additional material or evidence. Does that really matter? Perhaps investigators came up with additional material and evidence and found it warranted to make immediate arrests.

Minister Chuck went on to express regrets about the accused not being granted immediate bail. He also cited detectives on the case as being “salacious, in that you put so many people at these persons’ gates”.

The minister’s comments were out of line! He also questioned whether detectives were sure about what they were doing, questioning their professionalism and why investigations were taking so long. Minister Chuck, sometimes it’s best to be professional and keep your mouth shut.

He should refrain from making public statements about the case involving his former colleague, as well as his daughter, Carolyn, who is representing the accused. There seems to be a conflict of interest here.