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Ja’s Ebola fight needed the $4m spent on Abu Bakr's deportation, says JLP

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 7:18 PM
Andrew Holness - File

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has blasted the Government over its decision to fork out just over $4 million to hire a private jet to take radical Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr back to Trinidad and Tobago.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the money could have been used to augment Jamaica’s efforts to combat the threat of the Ebola virus.

According to Holness, the $4 million could have been used to acquire hundreds of bio hazard suits or handheld thermal sensors or a walk through scanner.

He says amid reports that the country does not have the required protective gears for first responders the expenditure does not inspire confidence in the government’s ability to plan and implement the national response programme.

Abu Bakr, who is the leader of the Trinidad and Tobago-based Jamaat al Muslimeen group, was returned to his homeland on Thursday, one day after the Jamaican Government barred him from entering the island, citing national security concerns.

Holness says the country may never know the intelligence that guided the decision to return Abu Bakr to Trinidad without delay, but questioned whether the controversial Muslim leader posed such a threat to warrant the $4 million expenditure.


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