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Ruel Reid probe: DPP's office concludes four criminal laws breached

Robbin Sykes, head of the FID, speaking with RJR's Clinton McGregor
 
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said its examination of files in relation to the criminal investigation involving former education minister Ruel Reid has revealed conduct which may have breached four criminal laws.
 
It also said the available material provided by the investigators point to possible administrative breaches and possibly two common law offences. 
 
DPP Paula Llewellyn has said the opinion arrived at by four senior prosecutors in her office was sent to the Financial Investigations Division (FID) on Thursday.
 
Ms Llewellyn said the detailed 13-page document sent to the FID includes a legal opinion, guidance and recommendations.
 
However, she noted that, while her office can make recommendations to investigative entities, to prosecute individuals or indicate that there is insufficient material to mount a viable prosecution, it is the Police and other investigative bodies that make decisions about whether to arrest and charge and place any matter before the Court. 
 
She said the decision to prosecute is guided by time honoured protocols which her office has to be mindful of in the public interest and that there is sufficient evidence.
 
Ms Llewellyn told RJR News last week that her office was contacted by the FID several months ago in relation to the probe.
 
Mr. Reid was asked by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to resign on March 20 amid allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Education and several entities falling under its remit, including the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).
 
It is also being alleged that several people connected to Mr. Reid received contracts from the CMU, including two helpers and a driver.
 
Remain confidential 
 
The DPP has called for the contents of investigations in such complex and sensitive matters to remain confidential until there is an arrest or charge.
 
She noted that, unfortunately, this protocol has not been adhered to in the Ruel Reid probe.
 
She said the court of public opinion has been awash with all types of information without the strictures that govern considerations within the court of law. 
 
Ms Llewellyn said when too much information is released into the public sphere, it can compromise the integrity of the investigation and the viability of a future successful prosecution.
 
She said this could also have a deleterious effect, especially where potential witnesses whose names reach the public space can be intimidated and demotivated in respect of assisting in a prosecution.
 
Robin Sykes, head of the FID, confirmed in an interview with RJR News on Thursday that he has received the recommendations and opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions.                  
 
 


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