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Reid, Pinnock and co-accused to return to court on January 9

Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, former Caribbean Maritime University President Fritz Pinnock and their co-accused in the CMU/Education Ministry corruption case are to return to court on January 9.

The mention date was set Monday morning when the five accused appeared in the St. Andrew Parish Court.

The other three accused in the case are Mr. Reid's wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle, and Councillor for the Brown's Town Division, Kim Brown Lawrence.

When the matter was called, attorney Hugh Small, who is prosecuting for the Financial Investigations Division on fiat, notified the court that a hearing for judicial review has been set for February 6 and 7.

Mr. Small also told the court that leave has been granted to approach the Court of Appeal in relation to the stay order.

The High Court has ordered that the corruption case against Mr. Reid, Mr. Pinnock and their co-accused be put on hold pending a judicial review of a ruling by Chief Parish Judge Chester Crooks not to dismiss the charges and to proceed to trial.

Judge Crooks later recused himself from the matter, claiming there was a conflict of interest as he attended Munro College while Reid was head boy.

But Mr. Reid and Mr. Pinnock contend that, given the conflict of interest, the judge should not have heard their application for dismissal of the charges.