STARTLING information about the 1990 attempted coup d’etat has finally come to light.

But it has raised more unanswered questions that have been swept under the carpet even 28 years after the event.

Former minister of agriculture in the NAR government Dr Brinsley Samaroo, speaking during a commemorative television programme Remembering 1990 on CCN TV6 on Friday night, revealed three details hitherto kept secret:

  • that the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in helping local authorities suppress the insurrection by the radical Islamist group, the Jamaat al Muslimeen, led by Yasin Abu Bakr;
  • there was the possibility of Libya using Trinidad as a staging point for an invasion of Venezuela;
  • and that Venezuela was ready to swoop into Trinidad to prevent a Libyan invasion.
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One man is dead following a confrontation with police yesterday evening. While up to press time last night details were still coming in, the Express was reliably informed that the incident took place at about 5 p.m. at Maturita Extension, Arima.

GERONTOLOGIST and former director of the Division of Ageing of the Ministry of Social Development Dr Jennifer Rouse is concerned that families are shuffling their elderly relatives into homes without checking to ensure proper care is being provided.