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Abu Bakr: Jamaicans aren't stupid

Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 9:09 AM
Yasin Abu Bakr - File

Trinidadian Radical Muslim Leader, Yasin Abu Bakr says he’s ashamed of the government for thinking that Jamaicans could be radicalised within just a matter of days.

Abu Bakr,the leader of the Jamaat Al Muslimeen group which attempted to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1990, was denied entry to Jamaica last week, in the interest of national security.

Yesterday, National Security Minister, Peter Bunting defended the government’s decision to spend $4 million to send Abu Bakr back to Trinidad.

In a statement to the parliament, Bunting said it was better to pay the $4 million to deport Abu Bakr, than have him ‘radicalising’ detainees at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre.

However, in a swift response on Nationwide at Five yesterday, the Trinidadian said he was ashamed of Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller and the National Security Minister for taking such a position.

According to Abu Bakr, Jamaicans are not stupid.

He says he fails to see what kind of damage he could possibly have done in 4-5 days.

The Muslim leader is reported to have been attempting to visit his daughter who is a student at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus.

He is also said to have been a guest at the commemoration of the Million Man March with Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakan.

However, last night he disputed the latter claim.

And Abu Bakr says it’s of note that Farrakan was allowed to speak to the Jamaican people, while he was denied entry.


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