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Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 Attempted Coup

14 Mar 2014

The Report of the Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup was laid as a Paper in the House of Representatives by the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, MP, Prime Minister on Friday March 14, 2014. The Prime Minister then sought and obtained leave of the House to have the report printed as a House Paper.

The text of the report has been uploaded to this website. Please follow the link below to access the document.

Please be advised that the file is over 1500 pages long (several pages have been scanned) and 16.3MB in size and may take some time to download depending on the speed of your internet connection

The following is an excerpt from the Report.

"1.4. Prior to our appointment as a Commission of Enquiry, there was no official public enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the attempted coup which occurred twenty years earlier. On Friday, 27 July 1990, armed members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen (the JAM) staged an insurrection in Port of Spain.

The leaders of the insurrection were Muslim fundamentalists who purported to follow the Qur’an literally. One group blew up the Headquarters of the Police Service on St. Vincent Street, murdering in the process a young Police Officer, Solomon McLeod. Another group, led by Mr. Bilaal Abdullah, invaded the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago while it was in session. They perpetrated wanton acts of destruction of the Parliamentary Chamber and proceeded to hold hostage most of the Parliamentarians who were in the Chamber."