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Leader of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen Imam Yasin
Abu Bakr yesterday sent a strong message to the
delinquent youths in Enterprise, saying he is not
afraid of them and that he is coming in the area
to end the violence.
"I am not afraid of alyuh. Alyuh not badder than
me. I am coming for alyuh. It is time to bring an
end to this nonsense," he said.
Bakr, who earlier had been released from police
custody, was speaking yesterday afternoon at the
funeral of Akmal Lynch, 22, who was gunned down
yesterday morning while at an Estate Management
and Business Development (EMBD) housing devel-
opment construction site at Caroni Savannah Road,
Lynch was the son of the imam of the Crown
Trace Mosque, Imam Morland Muakyil Abdullah.
Lynch s elder brother, Aqyil, 25, was with him
at the time of the incident and was shot on the
foot. He was taken to the Eric Williams Medical
Sciences Complex and treated. They both worked
as security guards for Abu Security Services.
Akyl was discharged from hospital and was able
to attend his brother s funeral.
Speaking after leading the Salat al-Janazah, which
is the Islamic funeral prayer, Bakr scolded the youths
and parents for purchasing guns.
He said: "Buy books for the children instead of
guns. When you take one life unjustly, you take
away the life of all humanity.
"Bring an end to this nonsense. Guns cannot
solve this and I am coming in Enterprise to bring
back peace and put an end to this violence once
and for all. I am coming to deal with this with love.
The teachings of Islam do not condone this kind
An autopsy report stated that Lynch died as a
result of hemorrhage consistent with a gunshot
wound to the head.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday,
Abdullah said at about 12.34 am he received a phone
call from Akyl, who informed him that two gunmen
wearing masks had come to the site and shot them.
"By the time I reach down there, I saw my son,
Akmal, gasping for breath and Akyl bleeding from
the foot. I took them to the health centre in Chagua-
nas but it was too late for Akmal. He was pro-
nounced dead on arrival," Abdullah said.
He is the Imam of the Crown Trace Mosque,
Enterprise, and has been very outspoken with
regards to the upsurge in gang activities in the area.
On July 4, 2015 Abdullah spoke at length with
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar during an
impromptu visit in the Enterprise area.
He said: "My sons have never had any threats
made against them, at least I know of none. They
never smoke, drink, party and be around the wrong
"They would be praying most of the time and
even fasted for the entire month of Ramadan and
celebrated Eid with myself and the entire family
and members of the mosque.
"I stood up for all the nonsense taking place and
I believe this could be a revenge act against me."
Abdullah said the incident only proved to show
people have lost all respect for God.
Also speaking with the T&T Guardian, Minister
of Planning and Sustainable Development Bhoe
Tewarie said he got to know Abdullah in 2007 when
his son, Nirad Tewarie, was going up for election
under the banner of the Congress of the People.
"I knew the Imam and his sons for years and
they are very nice people. I am sorry to hear what
has happened to Akyl, he walked beside me for
the March for Peace recently," Tewarie said.
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After spending almost three days in
police custody, Jamaat al Muslimeen leader
Yasin Abu Bakr and veteran member Has-
san Ali were released without being
charged yesterday afternoon.
While Bakr and Ali, the father of accused
gang leader Rajaee Ali, were released to their
families after midday yesterday, nine of their
junior members who were also detained on
Monday for questioning in relation to the
murder of former Independent Senator Dana
Seetahal, SC, remained under arrest up to
A police source close to the investigation
said the suspects were questioned simul-
taneously by homicide detectives at various
police station across north Trinidad yesterday
and would remain detained as investigators
move to complete their investigation this
The T&T Guardian understands that in
addition to wiretapped telephone conver-
sations and forensic evidence gathered over
the past few months, investigators also seized
a pick-up truck this week, which they believe
may have been used by Seetahal s attackers
in her assassination in May last year.
The truck, which has since been sent for
forensic testing, was reportedly impounded
during a raid near Ali s mosque in Carapo
on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigator also collected DNA samples
yesterday from all the detainees, including
Bakr and Ali.
This was confirmed by Bakr s son, Fuad,
who used social media, hours before his
father was released, to criticise the police
"The Imam was forced to give DNA. I
guess they are going to plant it somewhere
or match it to a cigarette found at the scene
of the murder scene," the young Bakr said
in his post on his Twitter page yesterday.
After much speculation from members
of the public and his supporters, Bakr walked
out the Central Police Station, St Vincent
Street, Port-of-Spain, around 1 pm yester-
Clutching a copy of the Quran, he waved
to his supporters who had just completed
afternoon prayers at the National Library
where they had camped since Bakr s arrest.
As they gathered around to catch a glimpse
of their leader, the supporters began shouting
"Allahu Akbar" (God is the Greatest). Their
presence and chorus of voices brought a
smile to Bakr s face as he thanked them for
their support and encouragement.
In a brief interview with media personnel
before he was ushered to a vehicle, Bakr
also thanked members of the national Mus-
lim community who stood in solidarity with
"I also wish to thank the Police Com-
missioner and all the police officers who I
dealt with during my incarceration for their
professionalism and the way they dealt with
me," Bakr said.
However, the 74-year-old religious leader
refused to comment on details of his deten-
tion and to respond to claims made previ-
ously by his members that the series of
arrests on Monday were politically motivated.
Speaking with reporters after Bakr s
release, his second in command, Lorris Bal-
lack, who led the daily vigil outside the
police station, said he and other Jamaat
members were pleased the police decided
to release Bakr and Ali.
"As far as I am concerned they have done
a good job. The police have erred already,
judges have erred and I too have erred in
my life...if that is so they alone would know
that," Ballack said.
However, Ballack said his organisation
would use the next few days to consider if
it would take legal action against the police
for "falsely imprisoning" Bakr and Ali.
Seetahal was shot dead behind the wheel
of her SUV as she made her way home after
a night at a casino in Woodbrook on May
4. She was ambushed by gunmen as she
drove along Hamilton Holder Street.
In 2012, she prosecuted Bakr for sedition
but he won a retrial after the jury could not
come to a unanimous verdict .
She also supervised the sale of ten of
Bakr s properties in 2010 to recoup over $32
million in damage to state property during
the 1990 attempted coup. Some of the prop-
erties were repurchased by Bakr s family at
Besides Bakr and Ali, the other detainees
have been identified as Rajaee s older brother,
Hamid, one of Rajaee s wives, Stacy Griffith,
brothers Stephen and Devon Cummings,
Ricardo Stewart, Keston Seales and Deon
Rajaee, his other brother, Ishmael, and
Garett Wiseman have also been identified
Rajaee, Ishmael and Wiseman are all on
remand at the Maximum Security Prison
in Arouca. The Ali brothers are in remand
since they were charged with conspiring to
murder radio announcer Kevaughn "Lurbz"
Savory in December last year. Wiseman is
there on an unrelated charge.
No charges for Bakr
...but nine still in custody
Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen Imam Yasin Abu
Bakr raises his Quran following his release from police
custody yesterday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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