Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen Yasin Abu Bakr is in support of the proposed commission of enquiry into the 1990 coup attempt.
Abu Bakr said the probe was "long overdue." He claims he wanted this inquiry before he died. "Everything is going to be told in the commission of enquiry...All the participants, those who were absent from the Cabinet (Parliament) on the day and everything and why," Bakr added. Former youth minister Jennifer Johnson also expressed support for the move, describing it as "courageous."
Johnson said the commission should have been set up years ago but it is better late than never. She said there were many "lingering questions" about how the incident could have occurred. She described the probe as a necessary one. And former National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) MP Rawle Raphael yesterday welcomed news of the Government's intention to set up the inquiry. "I welcome the decision...It's a blessing," he said, in a brief interview with the T&T Guardian. Raphael was among the hostages in Parliament when the Jamaat al Muslimeen stormed the Red House on July 27, 1990.
Others held hostage were Finance Minister Winston Dookeran, radio announcer Dennis McComie and NAR member Wendell Eversley.