Donna Scott Mottley
Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is being called upon to withdraw comments he made Wednesday about the arrest of former education minister Ruel Reid and his co-accused.
Mr. Chuck, among other things, took issue with how the five were taken into custody, saying the arrests took place in a manner that looked like Nicodemus in the night.
In a media release Thursday, Opposition Spokesperson on Justice Donna Scott Mottley, said she is disappointed with the comments as they have the potential of undermining the investigative work of the police and fuelling public skepticism and opposition to the corruption probe.
In a subsequent interview with RJR News, Mrs Scott Mottley said Mr. Chuck acted contrary to his position as Justice Minister.
"In my view, he acted as though he was conflicted by the situation and he compromised himself in his interference. Minister Chuck needs to remember that he is no ordinary citizen and his remarks have far-reaching effect," she reasoned.
"I therefore, felt that his comments were not only unfortunate but could be deemed to be interfering in the investigative process and in the judicial process. I think that he should reflect on what he said, apolgise and withdraw the comments. They were misplaced, they were unfortunate, and I'm sure now that he has had an opportunity to think about them, he must really regret them," she insisted.
Mrs. Scott Mottley said the Justice Minister's comments also signal to the international community that the Jamaican government is willing to interfere in and influence police investigations and compromise the balance of justice for its own political expediency.