Monday, November 14, 2005
Trinidad and Tobagos national security forces have been placed on full alert for any religious uprising following the denial of bail for Imam,Yasin Abu Bakr.
64-year-old Bakr was denied bail after he appeared before a Port of Spain city magistrate on a four-count indictment.
It was earlier reported that he had been released after being questioned by police but he has now been formally charged for unlawfully inciting members of his Mosque. It is alleged that he incited persons at the Mosque to demand property by force, utter seditious speeches to cause ill feelings and hostility, and unlawfully inciting members to demand money by force.
According to reports Barkr had threatened to use violence against his Muslim followers if they did not pay a 2-1/2 percent Zaakat or religious tax to his organization from their earnings.
If convicted, the Imam could face a maximum jail sentence of 5 years hard labor.