Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bakr to explain 1990 ‘coup’

JAMAAT-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr said yesterday he will soon host his own “explanation” of the 1990 attempted coup carried out by his organisation.

Bakr told CNC3 News yesterday that he has not read the Commission of Enquiry report into the events of 1990, which was laid in the Parliament last Friday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and referred to himself as its “author”.

Bakr, who did not take the stand during the compiling of the report, was speaking at a launch yesterday of a book by David Mohammed at the National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis) in Port of Spain.

Asked by CNC3 whether he had read the extensive four-volume report, Bakr said:

“It doesn’t matter. I owe the people of Trinidad and Tobago the truth. Very soon, we are going to be hosting our own explanation of the issues that led up to 1990 and clear up all the questions that are unanswered.”

He added that “everyone else who came in” doesn’t know what happened and said:

“No, I have not read a line. I don;t need to read it. I am the author of the book. What do I need to read.”

Bakr had earlier stated that although he was the author, he had made no contribution.

He said also that there were people who had come in and tried to be “Hollywood stars”, in reference to the compiling of the report.