Monday 21 October, 2019

Ruel Reid under criminal investigation, says police commissioner

Ruel Reid

Ruel Reid

Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, has confirmed that former Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, is now under criminal investigation.

Anderson, at a press conference on Friday, said while Reid is being investigated by the police, he was not in a position to speak at length about the matter.

“I can confirm that there is an investigation, (but) at this point I cannot give you an update on that,” Anderson told journalists at the media briefing at his Old Hope Road office in St Andrew.

He said the lack of an update on the probe is “Because it is ongoing and it is a financial investigation and one that is a complex investigation that involves a number of agencies.”

Anderson added that “The FID (Financial Investigation Division of the Ministry of Finance), C-TOC (Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division) and the CFU (Constabulary Financial Unit) are involved in this investigation, so it is only proper that we continue this investigation without saying too much.”

Asked pointedly if Reid is under a criminal probe, Anderson replied “yes”, but declined to elaborate.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness earlier this year announced that he met with Reid and consequently asked for his resignation as minister following the emergence of certain allegations in relation to Reid.

Holness said Reid also tendered his resigned from the Senate.

The prime minister, in a statement to the media then, said the meeting with Reid was “regarding certain allegations in the public domain”.

Holness further said that “In keeping with the principles of good governance, I requested and received Minister Reid’s resignation.”

He said the minister’s resignation will “ensure that any investigation into matters of concern will not be in any way impeded by his presence or oversight of the ministry.”

Reid also subsequently gave up his position as the JLP’s constituency representative for North West St Ann.

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