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Umar Abdullah denied entry to PM’s meeting

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Islamic Front head Umar Abdullah is today wondering why he was denied entry to yesterday’s closed door meeting between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Muslims leaders.

But he is also questioning where the unity of his fellow Muslim brothers went, as he would have expected them to stand up and demand that he be allowed into the meeting, which was attended by over 100 Islamic leaders.

After being denied entry to the Diplomatic Centre last evening, Abdullah told the T&T Guardian he arrived at about 4 pm and while in the reception area he noticed his name written in bold letters, highlighted in yellow and with two asterisks on the top of a list.

He said he deserves an explanation from the Office of the Prime Minister and will be speaking to his attorneys on the development.

“I was shocked to know that I was not allowed in. I have been very vocal in talking out on issues affecting the Muslim community. I deserve to know why my name was highlighted and noted that I’m not allowed in,” Abdullah said, noting he was not given any reason for why he was not allowed entry when he asked.

“I can’t seem to understand why. Maybe I have been the only voice speaking out on the real issues?”

Regarding the threat to disrupt Carnival 2018, where 15 people were detained for questioning and subsequently released, Abdullah said he had confirmed reports that local law enforcement had the help of foreigners. He also said the raids and detention violated religious and human rights and he should have been given a chance to speak speak on behalf of the people he represents.



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