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Gov't confirms it paid $4 million for private plane to deport Abu Bakr

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 11:23 AM
Inset: Yasin Abu Bakr - File

The Jamaican government is confirming that it paid the $4.03 million (US$36,000) for a private plane to take back Muslim leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, back to Trinidad and Tobago yesterday morning, a day after he was refused entry to Kingston.

The National Security Ministry said Abu Bakr, the leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago,‎ had initially been placed on a Caribbean Airlines flight on Wednesday afternoon for return to Trinidad.

However, a ministry spokesperson in a release a short while ago said, Abu Bakr became unruly, refused to take instructions and had to be removed from the flight.

The Jamaican government says preliminary discussions were held with the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Jamaica, Rev Dr Iva Gloudon regarding Abu Bakr’s return.

"However, under the circumstances, it is the country (in this case Jamaica) which refuses to land a passenger that is required to pay for the return flight," the spokesperson said.

The Government has said it refused landing for Abu Bakr because of national security concerns.

The Muslim leader was part of a group that stormed the Trinidadian Parliament in 1990 in a bid to overthrow the government of ANR Robinson.


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