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TRINIDAD | Faud Abu Bakr arrested for protests, granted $75,000 Bail

Featured  leader of the New National Vision (NNV) political party, Fuad Abu Bakr. leader of the New National Vision (NNV) political party, Fuad Abu Bakr.
Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago – July 3, 2020 - Leader of the New National Vision (NNV) political party, Fuad Abu Bakr, was granted $75,000 bail, after police arrested and slapped him with several criminal charges, including using violent language to provoke people to commit a breach of the peace, arising out of Tuesday’s protests over the killing of three people by police last weekend.

Bakr, is the son of the Muslim Leader, Yasin Abu Bakr, who in 1990 staged a failed coup in Trinidad and Tobago.

Media said that the NNV leader had been slapped with three counts of assaulting a police officer at the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest near the United States embassy in June.

In relation to Tuesday’s protests, Bakr was charged with using violent language to provoke people to commit a breach of the peace and breaking the coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations that prevents more than 25 people gathering at any one time.

Bakr was arrested while doing a live video of the protest action in Port of Spain on Tuesday that Police Commissioner Gary Griffith and National Security Minister Stuart Young said was well orchestrated and aimed at destabilising the country.

He appeared before magistrate Indar Jagroo on Thursday at a virtual court hearing where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A condition for his bail is that he report to the Belmont police station every Monday and Friday between 6 am and 6pm.

The police also told the magistrate they will be seeking to amend the charges, as there are outstanding warrants in Bakr’s name.

His attorney, Criston J Williams asked for disclosure of all the alleged warrants.

Bakr was arrested on Tuesday near Riverside Plaza in Port of Spain, during protests in the capital.

The elder Bakr told reporters that he had no indication why his son had been arrested and speculated it may have been “for telling people to calm down”.

One person was killed during the protest on Tuesday and the police in a statement said that they had foiled a “well-orchestrated plan to destabilise the country” and had arrested 72 people.

  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago

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