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Three imams who were in
Venezuelan detention since March
will arrive home tomorrow instead
of this morning (SAT), says Imtiaz
Mohammed, a colleague of the trio.
They were originally expected
home at 11.20 am today, but this was
postponed to tomorrow as a result
of seating arrangements on the
Caribbean Airlines Ltd flight bringing
them home. Mohammed said the trio
will now arrive at 11.20 am at Piarco
on a CAL flight which was assisted
by the Finance Ministry.
The trio was detained in Venezuela
since March 19 when they went to
seek visas for Saudi Arabia to under-
take the Umrah pilgrimage.
They were released on Tuesday
without charge following intervention
by T&T's Foreign Affairs Ministry,
the Caracas embassy and attorneys
the trio hired. Government subse-
quently began making arrangements
to have Saudi Arabian visas available
locally. Six other Trinidadians are still
in custody on suspicion of commit-
ting terrorism offences. (GA)
Rumours of an attempt to over-
throw the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment caused panic among some
people in the capital city, who left
at mid-afternoon yesterday.
It was around 3 pm that the rumour
spread causing some people, including
staff at the Ministry of Legal Affairs,
to leave for home.
Communications Minister Vasant
Bharath later issued a statement deny-
ing the rumour.
"This serves to officially advise that
there is no coup attempt upon the
Government of T&T," he said. "These
malicious rumours of a coup are totally
rejected and are nothing more than a
theatrical attempt to create panic and
The regular sitting of the House of
Representatives was taking place at
the time the statement was issued,
and continued into the evening.
"There is absolutely no truth or evi-
dence with any security threat or
breach and members of the public are
assured that normal conditions prevail
in the (capital) city and across the
nation," the minister stressed.
He said the National Operations
Centre had "explored all avenues of
information-gathering and spoke to
all law-enforcement and intelligence
agencies and there is no information
to corroborate this rumour."
Bharath said this is the second such
rumour that had surfaced in this past
week and it "seems to be a part of an
orchestrated campaign of mischief
aimed at disturbing the public peace."
He said National Security Minister
Gary Griffith would continue to align
all resources to ensure the safety and
security of the State and its citizens.
Imams scheduled to arrive tomorrow
Coup hoax sends workers home
The water supply to approxi-
mately 98,000 customers along
the East-West Corridor was
affected on Thursday night and
yesterday when a water main rup-
tured in Arima.
The Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) is urging cus-
tomers to use water wisely. The
line was repaired at 5.25 pm yes-
terday, the company said in a media
WASA's corporate communica-
tions head, Ellen Lewis, confirmed
the 42-inch transmission main
near Food Basket, Churchill-Roo-
sevelt Highway, Arima, had rup-
tured around 9 pm on Thursday.
In a release yesterday, Lewis said
it might have resulted from a weak
point or fault on the line.
She said repairs began early yes-
terday morning and were scheduled
to continue for 36 hours. In the
meantime, Lewis said a limited
truck-borne service was available,
with priority being given to health
institutions, special homes and
WASA advised customers that
they were currently flushing the
lines and there will be a gradual
restoration of the water supply by
main causes water
woes in East La Horquetta
Malabar Phases One, Three and
Tumpuna Road North and South
Golden Grove Road, Arouca.
WASA workers assess the damage to the 42" North Oropouche Transmission Main off the Churchill
Roosevelt Highway, Arima yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WASA
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