Chuck withdraws comments about Ruel Reid's arrest

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Under-fire Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has withdrawn comments he made yesterday following the arrest of former Education Minister Ruel Reid and four others on corruption charges.

Chuck had questioned the decision by investigative agencies to carry out early morning raids and cautioned the agencies to ensure that the evidence they are relying on to charge these persons was sufficient to successfully carryout a prosecution in the courts.

A short while ago, Chuck told OBSERVER ONLINE that his comments were linked to the presence of the media at the houses of the accused when they were being taken into custody and not about the decision to arrest and charge them.

“What I said yesterday, in relation to the arrest of Ruel Reid, Fritz Pinnock and others, was inspired by the fact that the media was present at all locations during this early morning raid,” said Chuck.

“My daughter is one of the attorneys in the case [but] she and I lead separate independent professional lives. However as justice minister my comments were inappropriate and I duly withdraw them in their entirety,” added Chuck.

Opposition spokesperson on justice, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley had earlier declared that she was deeply disappointed with the comments made by Chuck and urged him to withdraw them.

At the same time, the People's National Party Youth Organisation had called for the immediate resignation of Chuck over his comments.

According to the youth organisation, with his daughter Carolyn representing at least one of the defendants there was a classic case of conflict of interest and Chuck should recuse himself from the office to avoid any further impropriety or exercise of undue influence that may be seen as benefiting his daughter or his former colleague.

Arthur Hall


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