Trinidad: Fuad Abu Bakr Charged With 6 Crimes

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – BAIL in the sum of $75,000 has been granted to political leader of the New National Vision (NNV), Fuad Abu Bakr, on six criminal charges.

Two of those charges arose from offences he allegedly committed during protest action in downtown Port of Spain on Tuesday morning, while the other four allegedly took place during a Black Lives Matter demonstration at the Queen’s Park Savannah on June 8.

Abu Bakr, son of leader of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen, Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, was taken into custody on Tuesday as scores of people protested the police killings of three men in the Morvant district last Saturday.

The charges were laid on Wednesday evening, with Abu Bakr appearing before Magistrate Indar Jagroo yesterday afternoon.

That hearing took place via video link from the Besson Street Police Station where Abu Bakr had been in custody since his arrest. He was represented by criminal defence attorneys Criston J Williams and Kashif Gibson.

Abu Bakr pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He faced three charges of assaulting a police officer, one for obstructing the officer in the execution of his duty, another for using violent language and an additional charge for breaching public health regulations.

Williams asked that the prosecution disclose to him, at the soonest possible time, whatever evidence it may have against his client.

As a condition of his bail, Abu Bakr is also required to report to the Belmont Police Station every Monday and Friday.

He will reappear in court later this month.