More headache for Bakr
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept 5, CMC – A Commission of Inquiry probing the events of the 1990 unsuccessful coup against the Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday ruled that Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr will have to give his testimony in public even though he has already indicated he has no intention of doing so until his court case on sedition charges is determined.
In addition, the Commission, chaired by prominent Barbadian jurist, Sir David Simmons, also said it had referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) “for such actions he may consider appropriate” the matter of Bakr ‘s failure to obey a summons “duly served on him” to appear before the Commission.
In a letter sent to the Commission on Wednesday, Bakr, 67, said while he is willing to testify before the Commission “I have no intention of answering any question at the inquiry until I am discharged of the matters before the High Court”.
Bakr said that whilst he is grateful to the offer made by the DPP, Roger Gaspard, for the Commission to consider him testifying in camera and none of the evidence used in his sedition trial, “I am not impressed as I have been taught the hard lessons over the years that one must place little faith in the promise of state officials.
(Details in Full News section)