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On the eve of the 24th anniversary of the 1990
attempted coup, the man who led that insurrec-
tion, Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr
said the detention of women during a raid on its
mosque at Carapo on Tuesday, during the holy
month of Ramadan, has brought back a feeling
of deja vu.
Speaking on the i95.5FM yesterday, Bakr said,
"for the last couple of months there has been con-
stant persecution of the people of Carapo and it
has to stop."
He said for years they have been persecuted but
the unabated injustices topped off by the detention
of female members during a raid at the Carapo
mosque was just too much.
Bakr said the State as well as Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley and MP Colm Imbert have exac-
erbated the situation with their continued focus
on his members, including detainee Rajaee Ali who
has been fingered in the now disbanded Life Sport
programme and his encounters with the law.
"It was more than that in 1990 and that is why
I say that it s deja vu. It s building it back up. The
State has arrested these women while they were
praying, leaving children unattended. That cannot
be accepted. That is not acceptable behaviour.
He questioned the basis for the detention of the
women, who were among 18 arrested during the
raid and kept at the La Horquetta and Arima police
"You cannot just detain women arbitrarily and
at the end justify that they inquiring into some
kind of kidnapping. What the women have to do
with kidnapping and this is where I come to posi-
tion. And this is why I have arrived at this situation
because this is what has been happening before
He said he would give his life to protect women,
Muslim or non-Muslim, because others have abdi-
cated their role to protect women.
Bakr also chastised Griffith who talked about
stamping out cockroaches and Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar for her unleashing the dogs
of war statement.
"How could the Minister of National Security
call citizens cockroaches? How could the PM be
unleashing dogs of war?"
Told by one of the interviewers that his statement
might be perceived as a threat, Bakr responded,
"They have a Dog Act. Men shooting dogs who
attacking them and that is within the law.
"The PM say she unleash the dogs and if the
dogs every night in Carapo, when they say if dogs
attacking you, you shoot the dogs. The law says
if a dog attack you, you shoot it. Anand Ramlogan
(Attorney General) and them pass that law in Par-
Former Life Sport
Rajaee Ali, left,
gestures as he
the media during
a press conference
Looking on is Ali's
JENSEN LA VENDE
Seventeen men and women held by
police on Tuesday at the Jamaat al Mus-
limeen Carapo mosque have been
released without charge.
They are now claiming victimisation
and are calling on Minister of National
Security Gary Griffith to apologise to
Speaking at the office of their attorney
Criston Williams yesterday, former Life
Sport co-ordinator Rajaee Ali, 28, and his
brother Hamid Ali, 33, both accused Grif-
fith and arms of the National Security
Ministry of targeting them merely for
their religious belief.
"I believe if he (Griffith) is the person
making these calls, these irresponsible
calls, then he should come out and apol-
ogise. I believe that is what he should do
as a grown man, as a man with some
kind of power. He should come out and
apologise for the irresponsible calls he
has been making. There is nothing (illegal)
going on in Carapo, there is a mosque
that we are trying to build and a com-
munity," Rajaee Ali said.
Both men said they were detained on
Tuesday along with 20 other men and
two women, whereas police say they
arrested 16 men and two women.
All except one man was released
between Thursday night and yesterday
morning without any charges being laid
against them and without being told why
they were held, except for Hassan Ali who
said police told him he was detained on
suspicion of kidnapping.
In response to the demand for an apol-
ogy, Griffith told the T&T Guardian in a
telephone interview that he had little
regard for the men s statements.
He said Ali had to be joking and did
not know the procedure in law enforce-
ment. He said the police were not in the
business of profiling anyone.
Rajaee Ali said he would be seeking
legal redress as it was the second time
for the month that he had been arrested,
detained and released.
The men said they were not sure why
the mosque had been targeted and they
were being further harassed by the police
who followed them around, took photo-
graphs of them, and arrested and ques-
tioned anyone that they did business with.
The suspect who remains in custody
is being questioned in relation to an illegal
gun. (See Pages A5 and A6.)
Carapo detainees want
Griffith to apologise
Termination will hurt
termination of the
controversial Life Sport
programme, the brainchild
of Minister of Sport Anil
Roberts, is fair.
This is according to one
of the former co-
ordinators Rajaee Ali,
whose name has become
embroiled in the
allegations of corruption
associated with the youth
Speaking at his
Street office yesterday, Ali
said the announcement
made by Prime Minister
yesterday although fair,
would have a negative
impact on the youths that
benefited from a monthly
stipend of $1,500.
"The corruption that we
heard that it had in it, if it
is true as they say, then
probably it is fair but it
would be unfair to plenty,
plenty youths throughout
the country as well to take
away the little earning
that they were getting.
The youths would not
know about millions of
dollars being taken away,"
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