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Abu Bakr detained in Jamaica: Observer

Jamaican authorities today detained Jamaat al Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, the Observer reported today.

The following is the full statement issued by the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) following the detention today in Jamaica of the leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen from Trinidad and Tobago, Yasin Abu Bakr:

The leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago, Yasin Abu Bakr was today refused entry to Jamaica.

He arrived on a flight from Trinidad and Tobago and was refused leave to land under Section 4 (1) h of the Immigration Restriction (Commonwealth Citizens) Act, which states -

"The following Commonwealth citizens (not being persons deemed to belong to the Island as defined by sub section (2) of section 2) are prohibited immigrants."

(h) any person who, from information or advice which in the opinion of the Minister is reliable information or advice, is deemed by the Minister to be an undesirable inhabitant of or visitor to the island.

The decision to refuse leave to land is in the interest of national security, given the present threat posed to public safety.

Plans are being made to return him to Trinidad and Tobago.

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