December date set for challenge to charges against Ruel Reid, Fritz Pinnock

A date has now been set for the first stage of the challenge being made to the criminal charges brought against former Education Minister Ruel Reid and president of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock.
Attorney Hugh Wildman, who represents the men, has confirmed that December 18 is the date when the Application for Leave for Judicial Review will be heard.
The application was made in the Supreme Court last month shortly after the men were charged.
The men are challenging the decision by the Financial Investigations Division, FID, to lay charges against them, as it was not empowered by law to do so.
They are contending that the FID is purely an investigative body and does not have the legal authority to bring charges or obtain a Fiat from the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute them. 
On October 9, Mr. Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle as well as Professor Pinnock and Brown's Town Division Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence were arrested and charged following a corruption probe at the CMU and the Education Ministry.
The five, who were granted bail when they appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court on October 10, are scheduled to return on January 23.

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