Monday 21 October, 2019

No one is above the rule of law - Samuda

Karl Samuda

Karl Samuda

Education, Youth and Information Minister, Karl Samuda says the government is unswervingly committed to upholding the rule of law.

Speaking at a post cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday morning, Samuda also stressed that the government hasn't and will not impede police investigators in carrying out their duties, saying such actions would be in breach of the commitment by the Holness administration to yield to the law.

He was referring to four simultaneous raids carried out by the Major Organised Crime and Anti Corruption Agency (MOCA) that led to the detention of former Education, Information and Youth Minister Ruel Reid, President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock and other persons.

“The government of Jamaica is unswervingly committed to the rule of law and the executing by the security forces to the upholding of the rule of law," Samuda told reporters.

"The investigation that has been embarked on is one that we had absolutely nothing to do with nor did we at any time as a government, me as a minister or any other minister that I know of, sought to influence, either the manner of the investigation or the outcome of the investigation."

Reid, Pinnock and others had been under the microscope since revelations of financial impropriety had been made to the Parliamentary Accounts and Appropriation Committee (PAAC) months ago.

Samuda said the police made the detentions based on their findings after carrying out independent investigations.

“We are committed to the rule of law, and that applies to everyone, no matter what position you hold,” he said.

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