Wednesday 9th June, 2004


TSTT employee testifies at Bakr conspiracy inquiry

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By Denyse Renne

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 Magistrate’s Court.

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.

“The 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.

“I 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, Mucurapo.




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