‘No part in plot’


PORT-OF-SPAIN – Fuad Abu Bakr, Political Leader of the New National Vision (NNV) and son  of 1990 attempted coup leader Yasin Abu Bakr, has categorically denied any link between his party and five persons who were arrested after police unearthed a plot to disrupt the 2010 general election.Abu Bakr was responding  to the detention of five suspects last Thursday at a house at McKenzie Drive, Point Cumana, Carenage  in which police allegedly found  a deadly AK-47 rifle, ammunition and T-shirts belonging to the NNV.Last Friday at an emergency press conference, Acting Police Commissioner James Philbert stated that police had information that there was a plot by certain people to disrupt the elections.He said their information led them to a house where they arrested five suspects.But, in a press release issued late on Friday night, Abu Bakr  said his party had no connection with the detained persons  or any alleged plot to destabilise  the country during the election proceedings, describing the incident as a “timely political ploy to discredit the party (NNV)”.Describing the discovery  of the gun, ammunition and NNV jerseys as alarming and “coming at a very convenient time for the NNV opponents”, Abu Bakr said:  “We certainly have no desire  or intent to disrupt this  coming election given our  excellent progress.”The suspects are expected  to be charged with possession of  a gun and ammunition and appear before a Port of Spain magistrate today. (Trinidad Express)


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