The PNP’s Youth Organization (YO) has taken exception to comments by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck regarding the arrest Wednesday, October 9, of former Minister Ruel Reid and four others in connection with corruption and fraud.
Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, his wife, Sheren and daughter, Sharelle along with CMU President Professor Fritz Pinnock and JLP councillor Kim Brown Lawrence were all arrested and charged, among other things for conspiracy to defraud, under the Corruption Prevention Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.
In a two-minute-plus clip posted by Gleaner Jamaica on social media, Chuck says it was “so unfortunate” how the arrests took place and said the authorities could have handled the matter better. He called it salacious.
Chuck also said “it seems like the authorities are still not sure what they are looking for.”
Chuck added: “if you don’t have the material, report that there is not enough material to charge. But if you go and you charge be careful that you charge on very limited evidence.”
Following these utterances by Mr Chuck, the Youth Organization of People’s National Party said it was alarmed and requested Minister Chuck’s immediate resignation.
In a statement Thursday morning the PNPYO said that Chuck’s statements have eroded any confidence that he will not interfere with the investigation and prosecution of this case.
The YO says according to the 2002 Government of Jamaica Code, governing the conduct of Ministers, Section 1 (vi) requires that Ministers’ ensure that no conflict arises, or appears to arise, between their public duties and their private interests. They said they were concerned that Minister Chuck’s daughter, Carolyn Chuck, is a legal representative for Ruel Reid.