Rad­i­cal Trinidad Mus­lim leader re­fused land­ing in Ja­maica

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By KARYL WALKER-JA­MAICA Ob­server

Leader of the rad­i­cal Trinida­dian Mus­lim move­ment Ja­maat al Musle­meen, Yasin Abu Bakr, was re­fused land­ing in Ja­maica yes­ter­day after he was de­clared a threat to pub­lic safety.

Abu Bakr was de­tained at the Nor­man Manley In­ter­na­tional Air­port after he ar­rived on a flight from the twin is­land repub­lic.

His de­ten­tion was con­firmed by deputy com­mis­sioner in charge of the crime port­fo­lio Glenmore Hinds.

“Yes, I can con­firm that,” Hinds said in re­sponse to a query from the Ja­maica Ob­server.

A re­lease is­sued later by the Min­istry of Na­tional Se­cu­rity ex­plained that Abu Bakr was re­fused leave to land un­der Sec­tion 4 (1) h of the Im­mi­gra­tion Re­stric­tion (Com­mon­wealth Cit­i­zens) Act. “The fol­low­ing Com­mon­wealth cit­i­zens (not be­ing per­sons deemed to be­long to the is­land as de­fined by sub sec­tion (2) of sec­tion 2) are pro­hib­ited im­mi­grants ... any per­son who, from in­for­ma­tion or ad­vice which in the opin­ion of the min­is­ter is re­li­able in­for­ma­tion or ad­vice, is deemed by the min­is­ter to be an un­de­sir­able in­hab­i­tant of or vis­i­tor to the is­land. The decision to refuse leave to land is in the in­ter­est of na­tional se­cu­rity, given the present threat posed to pub­lic safety. Plans are be­ing made to re­turn him to Trinidad and Tobago,” the re­lease stated.

Abu Bakr re­port­edly be­came heated and started shout­ing after he was not al­lowed to leave the air­port. The Ob­server un­der­stands that the Caribbean Air­lines crew ex­pressed con­cern about him be­ing al­lowed to board the re­turn flight home.

Some time after he was whisked away by the po­lice, who did not dis­close where he would be held un­til he is es­corted back to his home­land on a pri­vate plane.

In 1990, Abu Bakr led more than 100 of his fol­low­ers in a coup at­tempt against the ANR Robin­son-led Na­tional Al­liance for Re­con­struc­tion Gov­ern­ment. The Mus­lim in­sur­gents stormed the Trinida­dian par­lia­ment and held Robin­son and the majority of his Cab­i­net mem­bers hostage.

The rad­i­cals also took over the twin is­land’s only tele­vi­sion sta­tion and one of its ra­dio sta­tions.

Abu Bakr ap­peared on tele­vi­sion and an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment had been over­thrown and that he was in ne­go­ti­a­tions with the army. Robin­son was beaten and shot by the rebels after he urged the army to at­tack them.

The Trinida­dian se­cu­rity forces sealed off the area around the house of par­lia­ment, pop­u­larly known as the Red House, and a state of emer­gency was de­clared.

After six days of ne­go­ti­a­tions, the rebels sur­ren­dered and were ar­rested.

They were, how­ever, freed after an Ap­peals Court up­held an amnesty which was of­fered in ex­change for their sur­ren­der. Some 24 lives were lost dur­ing the coup at­tempt, in­clud­ing that of mem­ber of par­lia­ment Leo Des Vignes.

Con­tro­versy has fol­lowed the rad­i­cal Mus­lim leader since. Eleven days after the shock­ing 9/11 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Twin Tow­ers in New York City, Abu Bakr was de­tained and in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice at London’s Heathrow Air­port while on his way to an Is­lamic con­fer­ence in Libya.

In that same year po­lice in Florida un­cov­ered a plot to smug­gle 60 ri­fles and 10 sub­ma­chine guns to the Ja­maat in Trinidad.

Mean­while, Ja­maica’s re­fusal to per­mit the con­tro­ver­sial Trinida­dian land­ing rights comes amidst con­fir­ma­tion from the twin is­land that a num­ber of its na­tion­als have been fight­ing along­side the ter­ror­ist group ISIS that has been wag­ing a bloody at­tack on ‘in­fi­dels’ in Iraq and Syria.

It also comes on the heels of ten­sion be­tween the two coun­tries after 13 Ja­maicans were de­nied en­try at the Piarco Air­port, de­tained and sent home on Septem­ber 30.

Abu Bakr de­tained in Ja­maica and later deported

back to Trinidad.

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