Flashback AUGUST 1: Jamaat leader Yasin Abu Bakr surrenders on Maraval Road, Port of Spain, following six days of siege during the 1990 attempted coup which he led.

Former insurrectionist and leader of the 1990 attempted coup Imam Yasin Abu Bakr is dead.

"To Allah we belong and to him is our eventual return. ALLAHU AKBAR" Bakr's son Fuad Abu Bakr posted on Facebook tonight.

The Express understands that Bakr fell at home and was taken to the hospital where he died.

Doctors tried to resuscitate him in vain. Cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

Bakr celebrated his 80th birthday on October 19.

In 1990, 100 of Bakr's armed followers stormed the Red House, taking the prime minister hostage and declaring the overthrow of the Government.

It was the only Islamist coup ever attempted in the Western hemisphere. He surrendered six days later after being offered amnesty, and spent two years in jail.

Just last month in September, Bakr issued a “warning” to the Government and all arms of the State to stop “oppressing” citizens of this country.

Abu Bakr went live on the Jamaat’s Facebook page and spoke for over an hour, highlighting the issues he viewed as “oppression” to people of Afro-Trinidadian descent.

“I warning the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, I (am) warning the police, I warning the Coast Guard, I warning everybody who is involved in the repression, the oppression of African people, I warning you today, this is your last day warning. Because it is coming on you,” he said.

Abu Bakr said the Government had been struggling to deal with Covid-19, and its impact on society, and therefore they should heed his words.

He blamed the State for not “helping poor people” during the pandemic, noting that with businesses closed, and people not being allowed to move freely, the ability to generate income had been greatly affected and the poorest in society felt it the most.

“Covid-19 is killing persons. It affects the weakest among us. But we have people in our communities who are not eating because they cannot afford to eat. So give them food to eat. Why are they not doing that?

“I will tell you why. There is money in the virus. There is money in the vaccine. So they are putting the money elsewhere and they are starving you, and the more they starve you, the easier it is (for the virus) to kill you as the body can’t resist. So they keep being starved.


Trinidad and Tobago has the lowest electricity and water rates in the world.

The Government also provides subsidies for these utilities for the vulnerable sector, Public Utilities Minister Marvin Gonzales said yesterday.

He was speaking at the Parliament sitting at the Red House, Port of Spain, on the debate of the Opposition’s private motion calling for the Government to implement strate­gies to reduce price increases of essential goods and services.

Attorney General Reginald Armour yesterday declined to provide an update on the meeting between himself and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on March 15.

This was amid the controversy over the DPP’s public statements about a staff shortfall and an impen­ding collapse of the criminal justice system, and the response of the Prime Minister and the Attorney General.

An event to launch a parliamentary group for women legislators has ironically caused some controversy among female leaders.

Government Minister Camille Robinson-Regis knocked the “unpatrio­tic” and “disrespectful” United National Cong­ress (UNC) women parliamentarians who did not attend the launch, which took place at the Red House, Port of Spain, on Thursday evening.

MORE than 240,000 people in Central Trinidad are being affected by reduced production at the Desalination Company of Trinidad and Tobago’s (Desalcott) Caroni Water Treatment Plant.

The reduced production is as a result of algae build-up in the plant’s intake system, Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) chief executive Kelvin Romain said ­yesterday.

Romain was speaking at a news conference at the Ministry of Public Utilities’ St Clair head office yesterday.

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