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Ruel Reid, co-accused to hear on December 11 whether case against them will be dismissed

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, Caribbean Maritime University President Fritz Pinnock and their three co-accused will hear on December 11 whether the corruption case against them will be dismissed.
 
Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks is to decide on the application filed by their legal team.
 
Attorney Hugh Wildman on Friday continued his submission regarding the application.
 
Mr. Wildman argued that the Financial Investigations Division (FID) is an investigative body and does not have legal authority to bring criminals charges or obtain a fiat from the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute the defendants.
 
Mr. Wildman said the FID therefore acted illegally.
 
The prosecution said there was no evidence to establish the foundation of Mr. Wildman's submissions.
 
They told the court that the arresting officers were members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and are designated authorised officers under the FID Act.
 
Mr. Wildman's submission was based on the recent Privy Council ruling that the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has no authority in law to arrest, charge or prosecute.
 
Mr. Wildman is contending that the FID Act and the INDECOM Act are similar.
 
The other three accused in the case are Mr. Reid's wife Sharon, their daughter Sharelle, and Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence, of the Brown's Town Division.
 
They were charged in connection with a fraud and corruption probe into transactions at the Caribbean Maritime University.
 


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