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Yasin Abu Bakr

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Yasin Abu Bakr

Yasin Abu Bakr (born Lennox Philip) is the leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen, a Muslim group in Trinidad and Tobago. The group had long-standing links with Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Under the leadership of Abu Bakr and Bilaal Abdullah, the group staged an attempted coup d’état in 1990.

Abu Bakr, a former policeman, converted to Islam while a student in Canada. He later returned to Trinidad and founded the Jamaat al Muslimeen (commonly referred to simply as the Jamaat).

Abu Bakr is well connected in the political and legal arenas in Trinidad and Tobago.

Abu Bakr's son who is heavily involved in politics is promising sweeping change for those who vote for him in the September 2015 elections.

On December 4, 2006, he was found not-guilty for conspiring to murder two expelled Jamaat al Muslimeen members, Salim Rasheed and Adel Ghany. Deadbwoy, a friend of Rasheed and Ghany, killed them both. Justice Mustapha Ibrahim ruled that the evidence of the prosecution was “very weak, and so manifestly unreliable, and so discredited as a result of cross-examination, that no reasonable tribunal—none whatever—could safely convict on it.” The jurors soon returned a not-guilty verdict. On December 5, 2006, key witness, Brent “Small Brent” Danglade, was charged with perjury. He had refused to testify on the witness stand.

In his Eid ul-Fitr message delivered on November 3, 2005 Abu Bakr threatened “war” against Muslims who did not pay zakaat next year. The statement was generally interpreted as a demand that the tax be paid to the Jamaat al Muslimeen. On November 8 Abu Bakr was arrested and charged with three counts of inciting extortion and one for sedition. The Jamaat al Muslimeen headquarters were occupied by the Army on November 10 and Abu Bakr’s office was demolished in a search for weapons and ammunition after metal detectors discovered objects below the building. A high-powered rifle, a hand grenade, walkie talkies and 700 rounds of ammunition were seized.

As of March 2007, three members of Abu Bakr’s organization (Jamaat al Muslimeen) have confessed of their role in the kidnapping, rape, murder and dismemberment of local businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.

On July 24th 2015, they escaped and commenced in a shootout in the Country's capital Port of Spain and the Port of Spain General Hospital putting the capital on a lock down and causing the twin islands to be on high alert. Police Constable Sherman Maynard was killed during the shoot out.

External links

  • "Trinidad Muslims Being Closely Monitored,"Angela Potter, Associate Press, November 1, 2001.
  • "Profile: Jamaat al Muslimeen,"Robin Walker, BBC News, June 3, 2007.
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