Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bakr fails to show up in court

...Medical report presented


‘FACING SURGERY’: Yasin Abu Bakr

Mark Fraser

A MEDICAL report on the health condition of leader of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen Yasin Abu Bakr was presented in court yesterday after he failed to appear before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in relation to a private complaint against him not attending several sittings of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup.

Defence attorney Wayne Sturge, who is representing Abu Bakr, told the court that two weeks ago his client suffered a heart attack and it was recommended by his doctor that he get at least six weeks bed rest.

Sturge added it was possible Abu Bakr may have to also undergo surgery to deal with the health issue and asked the court for the allowance of time for Abu Bakr to recover before the matter could proceed.

The complaint was filed by secretary of the commission Laraine Lutchmedial after Abu Bakr failed to appear and give evidence at the Commission of Enquiry.

Ayers-Caesar, presiding at the Port of Spain Eighth Magistrate’s Court granted the request before adjourning the matter to June 4.

Lutchmedial is being represented by senior counsel Israel Khan and Larry Lalla.