The Jamaican government has confirmed that it spent 36-thousand US dollars or 4-million Jamaican dollars to deport controversial Muslim leader, Yasin Abu Bakr to Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.
Abu Bakr was sent back on a private jet.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday newspaper reports that the cleric was sent on a private Learjet described as a Medevac, which is usually used to evacuate an ill person.
According to Newsday, three Jamaican immigration officials accompanied Abu Bakr on the flight.
They reportedly handed him over to Trinidadian officials at the Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain.
Newsday reports that landing fees at Piarco were initially waived, but later applied by TT authorities.
In a statement this morning, Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security confirmed the 4-million dollar price tag.
The Ministry says they had initially placed Abu Bakr on a commercial Caribbean Airlines flight on Wednesday afternoon for return to T-and-T.
However, they say he became unruly and had to be removed from the flight.
The Ministry says it held discussions with T-and-T’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Dr. Iva Gloudon, regarding the Muslim leader’s return.
According to Newsday, she was asked if T-and-T could foot the bill for his deportation on a private flight.
However, T-and-T’s National Security Minister, Gary Griffith, said at a post-cabinet press conference yesterday, that its the deporting country which has responsibility for the flight costs.
Jamaica’s National Security Ministry concurs, acknowledging in today’s statement that they are responsible to pay for the return flight.