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Investigation of premier is ordered

September 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A judge has ordered Trinidadian authorities to investigate allegations that the island's prime minister promised state resources to a radical Islamic group in exchange for supporting his 2002 campaign.

The order came after Yasin Abu Bakr, the charismatic leader of the militant group Jamaat al Muslimeen, alleged in an affidavit that Prime Minister Patrick Manning offered him state lands, educational facilities and the promise to drop charges of damaging government property during a deadly coup attempt in 1990.

Bakr's group bombed police quarters and stormed Parliament during the failed coup, which resulted in the deaths of 24 people.

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