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Coup report in Parliament today

Friday, March 14, 2014

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is expected to lay the report of the commission of enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup in Parliament this afternoon. Persad-Bissessar received the report yesterday from President Anthony Carmona shortly after it was presented to him by chairman of the commission Sir David Simmons. A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday said the document was discussed at yesterday’s National Security Council meeting, which  Persad-Bissessar chaired. 


It added that Persad-Bissessar told the meeting she would be laying the report in the House of Representatives this afternoon. She thanked Sir Simmons and the other members: Sir Richard Cheltenham, Dr Haffizool Ali, Dr Eastlyn Mc Kenzie and Diana Mahabir-Wyatt for their work In 2011, Persad-Bissessar recommended to President George Maxwell Richards that the commission be appointed to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 1990 attempted coup, which caused 24 deaths and millions of dollars in losses.


Leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen Yasin Abu Bakr and 113 others were granted an amnesty after they stormed the Parliament, state-owned T&T Television and Radio Trinidad and held many hostage. Then prime minister ANR Robinson was shot and injured in Parliament during the siege.