Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | November 21, 2012
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Abu Bakr faces legal action


A Commission of Inquiry probing the events of the 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Trinidad and Tobago government has formally written to the director of public prosecutions, (DPP), Roger Gaspard, asking him to take whatever action he deems appropriate against Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr after he failed to answer a summons to appear before the Commission.

Senior Counsel Avory Sinanan told the Commission that resumed here on Monday that he had, as instructed, written to the DPP for action to be taken against Bakr, who led led more than 100 men in the failed attempt at overthrowing the government on July 27, 1990.

Court officials said that if the DPP agrees to file a charge against Bakr, he would be liable to a fine of TT$2,000 (One TT dollar = US$0.16 cents).

Earlier this year, Bakr told the Commission chaired by prominent Barbadian jurist, Sir David Simmons, that "I have no intention of answering any question at the inquiry until I am discharged of the matters before the High Court."

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