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No animosity says Jamaat

Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr has said that he and members of his organisation bore no animosity against anyone, especially some parliamentarians who were said to have received death threats recently.

He said allegations that the Jamaat was responsible for the threats "can only be seen as another diversionary tactic by some in our society to shy away from the real issues."

A report in a daily newspaper earlier this week said that President George Maxwell Richards, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Attorney General John Jeremie and Ministers Kenneth Valley, Dr Keith Rowley and Colm Imbert had received death threats.

However, Manning, Jeremie, Valley, Rowley and Imbert denied this.

In a release yesterday, Bakr said people were using the media as a tool to create "this fear and hatred of the Jamaat in the minds of our right-thinking citizens."

He said if the threats were real, then they certainly did not originate from his organisation.

Referring to the spate of bomb scares, including threats at the Port-of-Spain Magistratesí Court, Bakr said the Jamaat had had court matters and the organisation had been through the court process.

He said the preliminary inquiry into charges of conspiracy to murder, which he faced, began in September last year.

Bakr said the case had taken its course and assured that it would continue to do so with the hope that on the basis of the evidence, he would get justice.

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