‘YOU CAN’T CHARGE US’: Ruel Reid, Fritz Pinnock turn to Supreme Court to get criminal charges dropped

Ruel Reid

Former Minister of Education Ruel Reid and president of the Caribbean Maritime University Professor Fritz Pinnock this morning (Oct 22) filed an application in the Supreme Court in an effort to have the criminal charges against them dropped.

Both men are seeking leave to go to the Judicial Review Court to quash the charges brought against them this month. They are contending that the Financial Investigations Division (FID) was not empowered by law to bring the charges against them.

In the application filed by attorney Hugh Wildman, the men are contending that the FID was purely an investigative body with no legal authority to bring charges against them or to obtain a fiat from the Director of  Public Prosecutions to prosecute them. A date is to be set for the hearing of the application in the Supreme Court.

Fritz Pionnock

Pinnock, Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle and Councillor for the Browns Town Division in St Ann Kim Brown-Lawrence were arrested on Wednesday, October 9.

They are charged in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal relating to the Education Ministry and the CMU. They were offered bail on Thursday (Oct 10) and are to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on January 23.