The preliminary inquiry into a charge of conspiracy to murder
against Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr continued
yesterday with a TSTT employee testifying.
The employee, of the Fraud Detection Unit, was led into evidence
by defence attorney Owen Hinds at Port-of-Spain Eighth Magistrates
The matter is being heard by Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls.
The employee, who was summoned to court last Friday, had requested
time from McNicolls to verify certain information on the records.
As she was being led into evidence, she said there was a possibility
that she prepared the records and started opening a brown
envelope to look at the reports.
However, the witness was stopped by State Prosecutor Carla
Brown-Antoine, who objected to the move.
Brown-Antoine said she was objecting on the grounds that the
witness was in possession of the records for four days and
did not really need to look at it.
witness had the records for four days and wants to look now
and say she needs to look at it and see if she prepared it,
Brown Antoine said.
find it quite amazing she had the report for four days and
has not looked at it.
Hinds reserved further cross-examination and McNicolls adjourned
the matter to Friday.
Bakr, 62, along with David Buffy Millard, another
top-ranking Jamaat member, is before McNicolls, charged with
conspiring at Citrine Drive in Diamond Vale, Diego Martin,
on June 4, 2003, to murder Salim Rasheed and Zaki Aubaidah.
On that day, Jillia Bowen was shot dead while liming with
her common-law husband Adel Ghani and Rasheed outside MovieTowne,