KINGSTON – Jamaican authorities today detained Trinidad’s Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the crime portfolio, Glenmore Hinds, this afternoon confirmed the matter but said he was uncertain of the details.
“Yes, but I don’t know all the details as it could be an immigration matter,” Hinds told Observer Online.
In 1990, 114 members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted to stage a coup against the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
The insurgents stormed the Red House, the seat of Parliament, and took then Prime Minister ANR Robinson and most of his cabinet hostage, while 72 of their accomplices attacked the offices of the Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), and the Trinidad Broadcasting Company.
Yasin Abu Bakr appeared on television and announced that the government had been overthrown and that he was negotiating with the army.
Robinson was beaten and shot when he tried to order the army to attack the militants.
The Muslims eventually surrendered after six days of negotiations and were later freed by an Appeals Court, which upheld an amnesty offered to them if they surrendered.