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The refusal of Jamaat al Mus-
limeen leader Imam Yasin Abu
Bakr---the man who staged the
July 27, 1990 insurrection---to
give evidence to the commission
of enquiry has not compromised
its outcome, says commission
chairman Sir David Simmons.
He was speaking to the media
after handing over a 1,324-page
report on the enquiry to President
Anthony Carmona at a ceremony
at President s House, St Ann s,
yesterday. One chapter has been
"It was not at all compromised.
We would have benefited more if
he (Abu Bakr) had come but his
failure to come did not prevent
us from making the requisite find-
ings," Simmons said.
The report comprised four vol-
umes and 12 chapters. Chapter
12, which was bound in red, Sim-
mons said, was confidential, as
it contained findings, observations
and recommendations on matters
which might affect national secu-
rity interests. In that chapter 33
recommendations were made.
On receiving the documents,
Carmona thanked the commis-
sioners for their hard work, adding
he was a "voracious reader."
He said he was also warmed by
the kind sentiments which Sim-
mons expressed to the secretary
of the commission, Laraine
The President said he had
worked with her for many years
in his capacity as deputy Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is
expected to lay the report of the commission
of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup in
Parliament this afternoon.
Persad-Bissessar received the report yesterday
from President Anthony Carmona shortly after
it was presented to him by chairman of the
commission Sir David Simmons.
A statement from the Prime Minister s Office
yesterday said the document was discussed at
yesterday s National Security Council meeting,
which Persad-Bissessar chaired.
It added that Persad-Bissessar told the meet-
ing she would be laying the report in the House
of Representatives this afternoon.
She thanked Sir Simmons and the other
members: Sir Richard Cheltenham, Dr Haffizool
Ali, Dr Eastlyn Mc Kenzie and Diana Mahabir-
Wyatt for their work
In 2011, Persad-Bissessar recommended to
President George Maxwell Richards that the
commission be appointed to investigate the cir-
cumstances surrounding the 1990 attempted
coup, which caused 24 deaths and millions of
dollars in losses.
Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen Yasin Abu
Bakr and 113 others were granted an amnesty
after they stormed the Parliament, state-owned
T&T Television and Radio Trinidad and held
Then prime minister ANR Robinson was shot
and injured in Parliament during the siege.
Coup report in Parliament today
Prober: No compromise with Bakr's absence
The commission sat for 113 days
and there were 16 public sessions,
which concluded on September 23,
2013. On some occasions evidence
was taken in camera.
The transcripts of the daily
proceedings were in excess of
13,000 pages, Simmons added.
In outlining some of the
challenges, Simmons said it was
not possible to conduct a smooth
flow of sessions, as some
members of the commission lived
abroad and had very busy
He said it was also important to
give attorneys time to have all
their documents and evidence
Simmons reiterated that the
Commission of Enquiry Act
needed to be modernised as there
were loopholes which were
evident during the enquiry.
Volume One contained a
statement of proceedings as well
as the findings, conclusions,
recommendations in respect of
the 12 chapters.
Volume Two covered chapter
two to seven. Chapter two dealt
with the nature, extent and the
impact of the insurrection.
Chapter three took into
consideration the causes of the
attempted coup and any
economic, social, political historical
and other factors which may have
contributed to it.
Chapter four investigated
and reported on the underlying
purpose and extent of any
intention behind the plot that led
to the attempted coup.
Chapter five looked at
criminal acts, including looting
committed in connection with the
coup and the motives and
objectives of perpetrators of such
Chapter six focused on the
identity of those who have been
involved or aided and abetted the
Chapter seven examined
which could have facilitated the
coup and the extent to which it
was possible to prevent the
occurrence of the coup.
Simmons said volume three
covered chapters eight to 11.
Chapter eight dealt with the
response and performance of the
government, Defence Force,
protective services, other
essential services and the media
during and after the attempted
Chapter nine contained all
matters of the negotiations,
preparations and execution of the
amnesty and negotiations of the
terms or surrender.
Chapter ten examined the
continued propensity of criminal
activities arising from the
attempted coup and the
correlation, if any, between the
attempted coup and the illegal
guns and narco-trafficking.
Chapter 11 made
recommendations to ensure that
victims of the attempted coup and
the society as a whole were
satisfied that their pain and loss
were acknowledged, with a view
to fostering closure and healing
within the society.
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PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
ABOUT THE REPORT
The commission also included Sir
Richard Lionel Cheltenham, QC, Dr
Haffizool Ali-Mohammed, Dr Eastlyn
McKenzie and Diana Mahabir-Wyatt.
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