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Muslims pray outside stations for detainees

By Nalinee Seelal Friday, July 25 2014

A group of Muslim men and women converged outside three police stations in the Northern Division on Wednesday night where they recited Islamic prayers and chanted “Allahu Akbar.”

The action followed the detention of 17 persons, including the Imam of the Carapo Mosque Rajaee Ali on Tuesday night by officers of the Northern Division led by Inspector Mark Maraj.

Ali along with his wife, another woman and 15 others from the mosque were detained following the recitation of prayers at the masjid. They were taken to various police stations in the Northern Division where they continue to be detained. Newsday understands that about 9 pm on Wednesday the Muslims led by Fuad Abu Bakr converged outside the La Horquetta Police Station, and began praying for the detainees.

According to sources police officers alerted their colleagues in the Northern Division, which led to heavily armed officers responding, and the group were advised that they should desist from converging on the station, and not enter the premises.

They obliged, recited their prayers, and left after a few minutes.

Their next stop was the Arima Police Station where they again recited Islamic prayers, and were kept under the watchful eyes of several police officers. The group then departed for the Arouca Police Station where officers spoke with Fuad Abu Bakr and advised him, that he and others should refrain from converging outside the station.

For a third time the group recited Islamic prayers shouting “Allahu Akbar” for a few minutes before departing.

Senior police officers told Newsday that at all times they had full control of the situation. and ensured that there was no security risk to police officers or the persons detained inside the three stations. Newsday understands that Rajaee Ali who is being detained in connection with the kidnapping of two Latin American nationals has already been questioned by officers of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, the Criminal Gang and Intelligence Unit, and other police units.

Newsday also understands that he is being kept in a cell by himself and stringent security arrangements have been put in place in the station where he is being detained.

Newsday was able to confirm that all 18 persons detained on Tuesday at the Carapo Mosque remained in custody, and charges are expected to be laid as early as today, for various offences.

Newsday also understands that soldiers and police have been carrying intense surveillance at Carapo and other areas in the country, to ensure that there is no security threat.

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