Bakr's attorney expected at CoE
There has been no confirmation on whether leader of the 1990 coup attempt, Yasin Abu Bakr, would appear this morning before the Commission of Enquiry.
Bakr had received a subpoena last Wednesday to appear before the commission on Monday but he failed to show, forcing an adjournment of the hearings for 48 hours.
His attorney Wayne Sturge also was absent. This drew sharp criticism from Commission chairman Sir David Simmons and lead counsel Avory Sinanan.
Sources said Sturge is expected to appear today, but they could not say whether Bakr would also be present.
Sturge is expected to explain why both Bakr and himself were absent on Monday, as well as make a submission on whether Bakr would give testimony and, if not, why Bakr should not give testimony to the enquiry on the attempted coup, in which he was the major player.
The Commission is also expected to today consider the suggestion made by Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard on Monday that it should hear Abu Bakr's evidence in camera.
Gaspard made the suggestion as a means of allaying the fears of his (Abu Bakr's) attorneys about adverse pre-trial publicity surrounding another matter before the High Court. The hearing begins at 9.30 this morning.