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A boiler failure at PowerGen
facility in Port-of-Spain yesterday
resulted in the site being evacu-
ated and temporary loss of power
to the Wrightson Road energy-
A media release from the com-
pany said the boiler malfunc-
tioned around 9.15 am and Fire
Services had to be called in. The
release added that there was no
fire but a loud explosion was
heard when the boiler malfunc-
Employees were evacuated and
non-technical staff were sent
home for the day. Technical staff
remained on duty to ascertain
the cause of the explosion and
assess the extent of the damage
it had caused.
On Thursday parts of Trinidad
were without electricity for hours
after what were said to be unre-
lated incidents at both the gen-
eration facilities at Trinity Power,
Point Lisas and PowerGen.
Boiler explosion at PowerGen
Jamaat al Muslimeen leader
Yasin Abu Bakr says he was
denied entry to Jamaica on
Wednesday because the
Jamaicans were angry over
T&T s decision to deny entry to
13 of its citizens recently.
Abu Bakr spoke during a news
conference at his mosque at
Mucurapo Road, Port-of-Spain.
He also denied that he was a
security threat to Jamaica. "What
threat am I to Jamaica? I mean,
really?" he asked.
Bakr denied he was on an
Interpol watch list, recalling he
was freed by the Privy Council
of charges laid after the 1990
The Privy Council ruled in 1992
that the amnesty under which
the insurrectionists were freed
was invalid but it would be
improper to rearrest and try
Abu Bakr said he thought
Jamaicans had taken him for Isis
leader Bakr al-Baghdadi but he
maintained he was "Abu Bakr al-
Trinidadi." Noting that Nation of
Islam leader Louis Farrakhan will
be leading a Million Man march
in Kingston tomorrow, Abu Bakr
said: "I must be more dangerous
Attempting a Jamaican accent,
he said he was told by "a high
official" that "the Jamaican
authorities and Government are
pissed off. Boy, last week them
(T&T) hold some Jamaicans (and)
send them back home and them
no give them no phone call, no
food to eat, them make them
sleep on the floor and more than
that, them murder a Jamaican
youthman in Trinidad and make
him kneel down on the ground
and shoot him and Jamaicans are
pissed off with that."
Bakr said he spoke to the
unnamed official who ordered
that he was to be denied entry
to Jamaica. He said the official
responded: "Boss, where you now
Bakr said he said Trinidad and
the official replied: "Then you
understand where it come from.
You understand that this direction
come from your own country."
Bakr said he was told about
Jamaica s Foreign Affairs Minister,
AJ Nicholson, advising his T&T s
Gary Griffith to shut up and not
muddy the waters on the issue
of immigration between the two
countries and the official told
him to try and understand the
Bakr: Jamaica mistook me for Isis leader
Bakr also insisted that Caricom must answer questions on
the free movement of nationals from the region and said the
matter may be taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice.
When he was finished, he said, there would not be any
Caricom and he was holding the governments of T&T and
Jamaica responsible for his detention.
Nevertheless, he was confident the T&T Government
would resolve the matter and there should be a diplomatic
solution to the immigration dispute between the two
Griffith said on Thursday there was no truth to claims that
the T&T Government had given information to the
Jamaicans about Abu Bakr's visit. He also said Bakr's being
denied entry was not an act of retaliation by the Jamaicans
after 13 of its citizens were denied entry here and deported.
Bakr criticised the Prime Minister's failure to give financial
support to his school at Mucurapo Road, saying he would
not turn away any of the Jamaicans and children from other
regional states who are being educated there.
No Caricom after this'
Bakr said he was denied a
telephone call and it was not until
High Commissioner to Kingston Dr
Iva Gloudon intervened that he was
able to leave the island at 3 am on
Thursday on a private jet to Piarco.
He said the flight was very
comfortable and he felt like a prime
minister while being flown home.
The flight cost an estimated
$250,000. Griffith denied the T&T
Government paid for it.
Bakr refused to return home in
an economy seat on a scheduled
flight, he said, because he had a
Caribbean Airlines ticket for a first-
He said he was put in a holding
bay while awaiting the private jet in
Kingston and was accompanied by
two members of the Jamaica
Defence Force, one police officer
and an immigration officer on his
Private flight home
Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr, centre, arrives at the Mucurapo
Road mosque yesterday following his deportation on Thursday from Jamaica.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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