Former National Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR) minister, Dr Emmanuel Hosein, says he believes the timing of the July 1990 attempted takeover of the country was influenced by PNM people.Hosein made the disclosure as he gave evidence before the commission of enquiry into the event at the Caribbean Court of Justice in Port-of-Spain yesterday."In my mind it was influenced by persons whose interest was the welfare of the PNM."
Asked by the commission's lead counsel, Avory Sinanan, if he felt the attempted coup was to stop the debate in Parliament at the time on corruption by the previous PNM administration, Hosein replied: "I believe that...I have come to that conclusion in my mind."Hosein said he heard that Jamaat al Muslimeen insurgents, who staged the 1990 uprising, had made threats to the former PNM government over the land issue at Mucurapo.
He noted, however, when the Muslimeen staged the coup d'etat, their main grouse was that the NAR government was wicked.Hosein told the commission that the uprising had nothing to do with army troops being stationed near the Jamaat's Mucurapo compound either.He said the insurgents had Ruger range rifles and AK 47s which they had obtained long before.
"They had to have been plotting some kind of action," Hosein said.Hosein, responding to questions, said the then national security council dealt with such matters.Told that Robinson, during his testimony, said there was no such council at the time, Hosein said there was an arrangement whereby the prime minister met with the national security minister and the head of security agencies on a regular basis.
Hosein said Muslimeen insurgents, during the Red House attack, where he was a hostage, kept referring to forces outside whom they said would come to their aid."You'll see," Hosein said, they kept saying.He said Bakr came to him to donate medicine for the hospitals an organisation abroad had sent.Hosein said he went to Robinson to ask him if he would accept it and Robinson asked him if he was crazy. (YB)