‘WE CAN CHARGE YOU’: Financial Investigations Division dismisses Ruel Reid’s claim

Ruel Reid

The Financial Investigations Division (FID) is dismissing claims that its arrest of former education minister and others is unlawful.

Ruel Reid and President of the Caribbean Maritime University Fritz Pinnock filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Tuesday (Oct 22) in which they claim that the FID is an investigative body without the power to arrest and charge them.

The men claim also that the police officers operating under the direction of the FID did not have the authority to charge them. They are asking the court to dismiss the charges.

But Robin Sykes, chief technical director of the (FID), reportedly said that the charges were lawfully laid. Sykes said that the police officers who laid the charges are attached to the Financial Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force which is attached to the FID. Sykes said the officers are also part of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch.

Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle, Pinnock and Brown’s Town Councillor Kim Brown-Lawrence were arrested and charged on October 9, following a yearlong corruption probe into the education ministry and CMU.