Thursday 11th August, 2005


Islamic preacher gunned down

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Police are yet to confirm the identity of one of two men who were killed in the last 24 hours. In the first incident, a man yet to be identified was said to have been shot dead while preaching in Laventille.

According to reports, the man was lecturing the teachings of Islam at Hamlett Trace, St Barb’s, when he was shot four times in the head by a man who disagreed with his teachings.

Investigators said they found an ID card bearing the name Al-Fajeen Jihad Ali on the dead man, but could not determine, conclusively, whether it belonged to him.

Asked to comment in a phone interview yesterday, head of the Inter Religious Organisation, Rev Cyril Paul, said he needed to hear more of the facts before he could comment.

“I have been hearing conflicting reports and it would be irresponsible of me to comment without knowledge of all the facts,” Paul said.

Investigators at the Besson Street Police Station are calling on anyone who can assist in identifying the body, to come forward.

In the other incident, the body of Lezaua Ali, 49, of Chin Chin Road, Cunupia, was discovered by passers-by at Brick Field Village, Carapichaima, at around 7.30 am yesterday.

The body was found on the banks of a ravine, in a remote part of the area.

Police led by Sgt Rodney, Cpl Remy and PCs Koolanjan and Noyan, of the Freeport Station, visited the scene.

They said Ali’s throat had been slashed.

The body was examined by District Medical Officer Dr Indarjit Birjah, and removed to the Forensic Science Centre, St James, for an autopsy.

Meanwhile, after undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday, George Street, Port-of-Spain, barber Lincoln Cordner, who was shot in the head that same day, was still listed in critical condition at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital yesterday.

Cordner was reportedly robbed and shot outside his barber shop, Klass is Klass.

He was shot just 30 feet from where another explosive device was detonated on George Street yesterday.

Sgt Barrington and acting Insp Singh are investigating.

(With reporting by Adrian Boodan)




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