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Former Minister 'thankful for support' as Police probe ends

Former Minister 'thankful for support' as Police probe ends

Tuesday 31 August 2021

Former Minister 'thankful for support' as Police probe ends

The former Children and Education Minister has thanked friends, family and members of the community for their support after it was confirmed that the Police investigation against him had not resulted in any charges.

Deputy Jeremy Maçon was arrested in March and removed from his role by the Chief Minister that day.

He then officially resigned as Minister in June, citing the “negative impact” of the investigation on himself and his family. 

The allegations at the centre of the investigation have never been disclosed.

At the time, Deputy Macon was clear that his resignation was not an acceptance of guilt in relation to any allegation made against him, and said he had “every intention of fighting to clear my name.”

Today, it was confirmed that Deputy Maçon had been released from bail and that no further action would be taken by Police.

A Police spokesperson said: “A 34-year-old male arrested on 24 March, at a private address, has been released from bail, with no further police action, following consideration of a prosecution case file by the Law Officers’ Department.”

Deputy Maçon commented: “For the time being, I would like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and those in the community who have stood by me during this period. 

“I have certainly learnt who I can rely on.”

Express asked the Government whether Deputy Maçon would now be invited to rejoin the Council of Ministers by the Chief Minister.

The question was not answered, with a Government spokesperson responding: “It would not be appropriate to comment any further now that no further police action is required, following consideration of a prosecution case file by the Law Officers’ Department.”

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Posted by Michael Blampied on
Don’t you just love this Government? Deputy Macon has been released from bail with no further action to be taken, yet the Government doesn’t feel it would be appropriate to comment. Why on earth not? I would opine that the position now would dictate that it is actually the most appropriate time to comment, and even answer the specific question posed by Express. As the Deputy himself has stated - “I have certainly learnt who I can rely on”. Too right he has.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Is it time for those arrested should NOT be named until and actual charges are formally made against them.
Deputy Macon's political life has suffered a large blow, because of what ~ ???
This MUST be wrong.
Posted by tom binet on
More handwashing from the worst Jersey government in living memory. Not only is some form of statement an absolute necessity, but, as suggested by Keith Marsh, legislation should be introduced to prevent anyone from being named before charges are made. The Council of Ministers should be on to this without delay. And how about an investigation into the way in which this has been handled by the Police? Views on Deputy Macon's politics, or his judgement in certain areas, should have no bearing whatsoever on his right to be treated decently and with due consideration. As the expression goes, s*** sticks, and there is no doubt that Deputy Macon will suffer, unduly, as a result of the inappropriate process employed in this instance. This should be of real concern to anyone who cares about living in a properly governed society.
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