Saturday 8th April, 2006

 

Trinis deported for terror links

 
 
 
 
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By Dominic Kalipersad

Canada has deported four Trinidadians, two who this week completed a jail sentence for plotting terrorist attacks and two believed to be their “close associates.”

The ex-convicts are Barry Adams, alias Tyrone Cole, 49, and Wali Muhammad, alias Robert Johnson, 49, who were believed to be members of Jammat al Fuqra, a Pakistan-based terrorist group.

The militant religious sect is reputed to advocate the purification of the Muslim religion through violence.

The men had been imprisoned in 1994 for conspiring to set off bombs in a Hindu temple and a cinema in Toronto.

After serving their full sentence without parole, they were deported on Wednesday afternoon along with Dominican Republic-born Amir Mohammed Ahmed, alias Caba Jose Harris, 62, the third man convicted for involvement in the terror plot.

Canada Border Services Agency communications manager Anna Pape, in a telephone interview from Mississagua, Ontario, yesterday, said the three were deported with a police escort after serving 12 years in a federal penitentiary.

Pape told the Guardian the men had been arrested in October 1991 “while trying to enter Canada from the United States at the Niagara Falls border on Rainbow Bridge.”

Media reports state that during a search of their car, Canadian border guards discovered bomb-making materials and detailed plans to simultaneously set off two explosives at a Hindu temple on Yonge Street and a Hindu movie theatre in east-end Toronto.

The 1993 trial revealed their plan was to place pipe bombs next to natural gas lines and set them off at a time when both buildings would have been heavily occupied.

According to the Montreal Gazette, “A terrorism expert who testified during the trial theorised the intent of the bombings was to send a message in support of the Muslim state of Kashmir’s struggle for independence from India.”

Prosecutors claimed the three had been living in Texas under aliases for several years before attempting to carry out their plan

In their defence, the men claimed they were preparing a documentary video for Muslims in Kashmir.

They were convicted in 1994 of conspiracy to commit mischief and endanger lives.

Just months before Adams, Muhammad and Ahmed reached their statutory release dates on April 11, 2002, Correctional Service Canada placed them under a special detention order, which meant they could be held for their entire sentence.

The detention orders were reviewed annually and each time the National Parole Board decided to maintain their incarceration.

About the Jammat al Fuqra

THE Jammat al Fuqra was founded in the 1980s by a Kashmiri, Shaikh Mubarik Ali Gilani, who once traveled often to the US and the Caribbean to recruit members from Pakistani immigrant communities.

According to reports, the fundamentalist group has attacked Hindus and Muslims regarded as heretics.

American officials believe the group was behind 11 murders and firebombings in the United States in 1998.

 

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