Prime minister saddened by Ruel Reid’s arrest on corruption charges

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that he was saddened by the arrest of former Education Minister Ruel Reid last Wednesday (Oct 9) on corruption charges.

“There is no question that it saddens me, that it saddens the entire party, and I know you who sit here as well, you are indeed very saddened, very concern about what happened,” Holness said.

Holness was speaking at a JLP Area Council One meeting at the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica headquarters in St Andrew on Sunday (Oct 13).

Reid was arrested along with his wife Sharen, his daughter Sharelle President of the Caribbean Maritime (CMU) University Professor Fritz Pinnock and Kim Brown Lawrence, councillor for the Brown’s Town division in St Ann. They were offered bail when they appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court last Thursday (Oct 10).

At the same time, the prime minister said that his administration will not tolerate corruption.

“We will do everything in our power to ensure that wherever there is corruption, wherever there is misuse of power, misappropriation of public resources, that this administration will ensure that the mechanisms are in place to ferret it out and bring them before the courts,” said Holness.