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Swift justice for Bakr

THE TRIAL of Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Imam Yasin Abu Bakr headed to the High Court yesterday just two and a half months after the leader of the radical Muslim outfit was committed to stand trial on a charge of conspiring to murder two expelled members of his mosque.

Director of Public Prosecutions Geoffrey Henderson said the State was ready to prosecute Abu Bakr as early as November 1, and a British Queen's Counsel had been hired to lead the prosecution's team, as he addressed High Court judge Mark Mohammed, during a pre-trial hearing, in the Port of Spain Fifth Criminal Court, at the Hall of Justice.

Abu Bakr sat in the prisoner's dock surrounded by uniformed members of the Court and Process Branch while several members of the Mucurapo Road, St James mosque remained outside the court. He remains out on $250,000 bail while awaiting trial.

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