helps identify suspects
coup suspect held
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has helped
local investigators identify several suspects in the case of
the 30 high-powered AK-47 rifles and
five pistols stolen from the Guyana Defence Force
(GDF) headquarters, the Army announced last night.
chus', President Jagdeo, Commander
in Chief of the Armed Forces
a Trinidadian terrorist suspect wanted by Trinidadian
authorities has been held in a raid here by the Joint Services
in the continuing search for the stolen weapons, the Army
GDF said the Trinidadian being held by Police has identified
himself as Mustafa Abdullah Muhammad, also known as Edmund
DeFreitas, who is wanted by the Trinidadian authorities.
man, the Army said, claimed he was a bodyguard for a known
local narcotics trafficker (name given) and he was allegedly
involved in the coup by the radical Jamaat Al Muslimeen group
against the Trinidad and Tobago Government in 1990.
Army said Muhammad is wanted in Trinidad for his alleged
involvement in a murder attempt on a former member of the
Jamaat Al Muslimeen, led by Yasin Abu Bakr.
of the arrest of the wanted man came as the GDF announced
progress in the shocking theft of the AK-47s and pistols from
a bond at its Camp Ayanganna headquarters in Georgetown.
Army press release said the FBI is “working closely” with
it in the missing weapons case.
said the GDF investigation is progressing and several suspects
have been identified.
FBI assisted the GDF in conducting several polygraph
examinations and interviews and the investigation produced
additional leads that are being analysed by the FBI, the Joint
Services and other organisations here and in the U.S., the
Army said the FBI is continuing to assist with the
wanted Trinidadian was one of five persons arrested Wednesday
morning, when the Joint Services swooped on a home in Nandy
Park, East Bank Demerara.
Joint Services source said several items were also seized in
Jamaat al Muslimeen is a Muslim organisation in Trinidad with
a membership of predominantly Afro-Trinidadians. The appeal of
its doctrines to the poor and displaced classes of society has
seen its membership and popularity increase.
leader Bakr led 114 members of the Jamaat in an attempted coup
against the elected Trinidad and Tobago government on July 27,
insurgents stormed the Red House – the seat of Parliament --
and took the then Prime Minister A.N.R Robinson and most of
his Cabinet hostage, while 72 of their compatriots attacked
the offices of Trinidad and Tobago Television (TTT), then the
only television station in the country and the Trinidad
Broadcasting Company, then one of only two radio stations.
a six-day period members of the government, including the
Prime Minister, were held hostage at gun point while chaos and
looting broke out in the streets of the capital Port of Spain.
six days of negotiation, the Muslimeen surrendered on August
1, and were taken into custody. They were tried for treason,
but the Court of Appeal upheld the amnesty offered to secure
their surrender, and they were released. The Privy Council in
Britain later invalidated the amnesty, but the Muslimeen
members were not rearrested.
40 people died during the coup attempt, with millions in
and past members of the organisation have been connected or
prosecuted for serious violent crimes, including drug and gang
related killings and a current spree of kidnappings for ransom
of members of the Trinidad upper and middle class.
is being prosecuted with conspiracy to murder several of the
group's former members who had spoken out publicly against the
Jamaat al Muslimeen and its practices, and who were suspected
of becoming witnesses in legal proceedings against its
are under surveillance by the local National Security Agency
as well as the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for suspected
terrorist relations with the Middle East, as are two other
May 05, 2006