Yasin Abu Bakr: Leader of Western world’s only Islamist coup

Depending on who you ask in Trinidad, Yasin Abu Bakr is either a respected religious leader, a tireless community worker, or something more akin to a Mafia godfather. Waiting for an audience with him at his mosque in Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, Colin Freeman starts to wonder if he might be a bit of all three.

It’s just after prayers on a Friday lunchtime, and, as ever, there’s a queue of folk who’ve come to seek his help.

Many of them want counsel on spiritual matters or marriage guidance. Sometimes, though, he gets asked for help in retrieving a stolen car, settling a debt, or resolving feuds between gang members in Trinidad’s crime-ridden slums.

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