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Trinidad PM Ready To Rebut Abu Bakr Link Claims – AG

CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. Sept. 15, 2009: Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister, Patrick Manning, is ready to rebut claims that he promised state resources to Jamaat al Muslimeen leader, Yasin Abu Bakr.

While Manning did not address the claim made by Bakr Friday, the country`s attorney general, John Jeremie, said the PM is eager to answer the accusations in a court of law.

Jeremie said the claims by Bakr are groundless and that the Manning government `deplores in the strongest terms possible the attempt by some to treat these words as factual.`

Bakr and his group were behind the bloody 1990 coup attempt. During the coup attempt, Abu Bakr`s group stormed Parliament and took the prime minister and his Cabinet hostage in a rebellion that killed 24 people. The rebels eventually surrendered and were later pardoned.

High Court Judge Rajendra Narine on Friday ordered the government to investigate Bakr`s claims that Manning offered him state lands and vowed to drop charges of damaging government property in exchange for support in the 2002 election.