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Jamaica confirms paying for flight


Jamaica confirms paying for flight

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KINGSTON — The Jamaican Government has confirmed that it paid US$36 000 for a private plane to take leader of the Jamaat al Muslimeen in Trinidad and Tobago Yasin Abu Bakr back to the twin-island republic Thursday morning.

Abu Bakr was initially placed on a Caribbean Airlines flight on Wednesday afternoon for return to Trinidad, but according to a statement from the Ministry of National Security a short while ago, he became unruly and refused to take instructions.

He was subsequently removed from the flight.

The Jamaican Government says preliminary discussions were held with the Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner to Jamaica, Rev Dr Iva Gloudon, regarding Abu Bakr’s return.

However, under the circumstances, it is the country (in this case Jamaica) which refuses to land a passenger that is required to pay for the return flight, the statement said. (Jamaica Observer)