KINGSTON, Jamaica May 11, 2019 - Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson on Friday confirmed that former Education Minister Ruel Reid is the subject of a criminal investigation.
The police commissioner, in responding to a question from the media at his first press briefing since taking office a year ago, said the investigation was ongoing, and involved complex financial matters, so no further details could be offered.
"I think it is only proper that we continue this investigation without saying too much at this point," Anderson said.
Major General Anderson informed that a number of agencies including the Financial Investigations Division (FID) and the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (C-TOC) were collaborating in the probe.
The education minister was asked by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to resign on March 20 amid swirling allegations of corruption at the Ministry of Education and several entities falling under its remit.
However, in the absence of reason offered by the prime miniuster for his dismissal, the Parliamentary Opposition has been calling for the Prime Minister to make public what caused Mr. Reid's sudden resignation.
The Parliamentary Opposition has said it is unacceptable that almost two months after Mr. Reid resigned, the country was still in the dark on what led to his departure.
General Secretary of the People's National Party, Julian Robinson, said "We have gotten confirmation from the Commisrsioner that he's the subject of a police investigation but we don't know any details. We're not sure if it's related to the Ministry, to Caribbean Maritime (University), the National Education Trust," he contended.
Mr. Robinson said, while he understands the Police Commissioner's desire not to go into details, he believes the public has a right to understand the circumstances that have led to the investigation and the government has the responsibility of providing that information.
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