PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Friday February 25, 2016 – Fuad Abu Bakr, son of Muslim leader Yasin Abu Bakr, says he plans to take legal action against the Trinidad and Tobago and Police Service after being wrongfully detained for seven hours on Wednesday.
Bakr, who is political leader of the New National Vision (NNV) party, was taken into custody on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle. He was released without charge, when it was discovered that he was in fact driving his own vehicle.
But he does not intend to let the matter end there.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been arrested. It’s a very embarrassing situation; sorry can’t suffice,” he said.
Bakr told the media that he and his wife were travelling in the car on the way home around 5:30 p.m. when police pulled over the Nissan Navara pickup he was driving. He said he was asked to step out of the vehicle and both he and his wife were taken to the police station.
This officer Campbell was so excited and disrespectful. If it was up to him he would have shot me on the highway. I understand what the average citizen has to go through. It was terrible for me, being handcuffed and detained for 7 hrs. Embarrassed on the highway. Having my wife go through this ordeal. I know other people have gone through worse. Then what does the TTPS say “Sorry, This happens, Wrong information. # end police abuse now!”
His wife was eventually allowed to leave to get the documents to prove Bakr’s legal ownership of the vehicle, but he was detained for seven hours and was moved to another police station.
He was eventually released but the vehicle remained in custody until yesterday.
“That type of policing and abuse must stop,” Bakr said.
Yesterday he made a formal complaint against police, saying his rights were violated.
“I do intend to take further legal action against the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service,” Bakr said.