Monday 21 October, 2019

Ruel Reid, Fritz Pinnock and others granted bail

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid (partially hidden, second left) and CMU President, Professor Fritz Pinnock (centre) being escorted to a motor vehicle outside the Half-Way Tree Police Lock-up on Thursday morning. (PHOTO: Julian Richardson)

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid (partially hidden, second left) and CMU President, Professor Fritz Pinnock (centre) being escorted to a motor vehicle outside the Half-Way Tree Police Lock-up on Thursday morning. (PHOTO: Julian Richardson)

Former Education, Youth and Information Minister, Ruel Reid and President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, along with their co-accused, were granted bail in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday morning.

It was their first appearance in court to answer to corruption allegations since being charged on Wednesday.

Reid was granted bail in the sum of $3 million and ordered with one or two sureties. His wife Sharen was granted bail in the sum of $1 million and his daughter, Sharelle, $500,000. All three were ordered to report to the Matilda's Corner Police Station every Wednesday and Saturday. They were also ordered to surrender their travel documents and a stop order has been placed against them.

Senior Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered them fingerprinted and warned them that they should not be seen at the Ministry of Education or the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

Pinnock was given bail in the sum of $2 million while Kim Brown-Lawrence, Councillor for the Brown’s Town Division in North West St Ann, was given bail in the sum of $1 million. Pinnock will report to the Greater Portmore Police Station while Lawrence will report to the Brown's Town Police Station every Wednesday and Saturday. Both have the same bail conditions as Reid and family.

They too were ordered fingerprinted.

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