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Abu Bakr back in Trinidad after being denied entry to Jamaica

Published:Thursday | October 16, 2014 | 12:13 PM
Yasin Abu Bakr - File

The National Security Ministry says Trinidadian Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr is back in his home country.

An official from the ministry told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre this morning that Bakr left the island about three o’clock this morning.

He reportedly reached Trinidad about six o’clock.

Bakr reportedly travelled to Jamaica to visit his daughter, who is a student at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, and to be a guest at the commemoration of the Million Man March with Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakan.

However, a Jamaican Government official says the Jamaat Al Muslimeen leader was denied entry to Jamaica yesterday because of his history as a radical Muslim.

The Jamaat Al Muslimeen group attempted to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago on Friday July 27, 1990.

A statement from the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) says Abu Bakr was refused leave to land under Section 4 (1) h of the Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act.

That section says prohibited immigrants include any person who, based on reliable information or advice, is deemed to be an undesirable inhabitant of or visitor to the island.

PICA says the decision to refuse Abu Bakr leave to land is in the interest of national security, given the present threat posed to public safety.

The agency did not explain the exact nature of the threat.

The Trinidadian government has said Jamaica's decision on the matter should not be questioned.


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