Monday, June 12, 2006
Startling details of a secret agreement allegedly forged by the leadership of Trinidads ruling People's National Movement (PNM) and the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen have been revealed.
The deal was to reportedly to forgive a multi-million debt owed by the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen to the State in exchange for election muscle during the controversial 2001 general election.
In a 61-paragraph affidavit filed in the Port of Spain Civil Registry, the incarcerated leader of the Jamaat, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, argued the debt to the State had been satisfied. He said he and members of his organisation fulfilled their end of the deal allegedly made with Prime Minister Patrick Manning.
The 26-page court document was filed in opposition to a lawsuit filed by Attorney General, which identified several properties owned by Abu Bakr and Kala Aki Bua, the interim leader of the Jamaat.