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JAMAICA | DPP says former minister may have breached 4 criminal laws

Featured Disgraced former education minister Ruel Reid whose conduct investigations reveal, may have breached four criminal laws. Disgraced former education minister Ruel Reid whose conduct investigations reveal, may have breached four criminal laws.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, July 18, 2019 - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says an examination of the available material provided by the investigators in relation to the criminal investigation involving former education minister Ruel Reid, "has revealed possible administrative breaches and conduct which may have contravened four (4) criminal statutes, in addition to possibly two (2) common law offences."

In a press release this afternoon, Ms Llewellyn said "I have reviewed the material and the legal opinion and I agree with my four (4) assigned prosecutors who collectively between them have over thirty years’ (30) experience as professional career prosecutors at different levels. I agree and endorse their legal opinion in this matter."

The DPP confirtmed that "consequent upon the assessment, we have earlier today provided the Financial Investigation Division with a detailed
thirteen (13) paged document which includes a legal opinion, guidance andrecommendations."

MsLlewellyn  pointed out that, while her office can make recommendations to investigative entities, to prosecute individuals or indicate that there is insufficient material to mount a viable prosecution, it is the Police and other investigative bodies that make decisions about whether to arrest and charge and place any matter before the Court. 

She said the decision to prosecute is guided by time honoured protocols which her office has to be mindful of in the public interest and that there is sufficient evidence.
 
"It would be remiss of us not to underscore that during an investigation confidentiality needs to be maintained until there is sufficient material to charge an individual. When too much information is released into the public sphere, it can compromise the integrity of the investigation and the viability of a future successful prosecution and could also have a deleterious effect, especially where potential witnesses whose names find themselves in the public space can be intimidated and demotivated in respect of assisting in a prosecution," Llewellyn said.
 
Reid was asked by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to resign on March 20 amid allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Education and several entities falling under its remit, including the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
 
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