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Sunday, May 07, 2006

...Faces charges of conspiracy to murder with Abu Bakr and murder

David "Buffy" Millard (centre) is escorted by Homicide Insp Cyril Harry after disembarking his flight from Guyana yesterday evening aboard a Air Guard aircraft.

WANTED Jamaat al Muslimeen lieutenant David "Buffy" Millard's attempt to evade deportation from Guyana by using a wrong name backfired and he was extradited yesterday.

Millard, 43, aka Mustapha Abdullah Muhammad, arrived at Piarco at 5.05 p.m. accompanied by two Homicide Bureau officers aboard a Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Cessna airplane .

He was taken directly to the Coast Guard's Air Guard hangar, where a warrant for conspiracy to murder was served on him.

He was then processed by the Immigration Department and handed over to the custody of the Homicide Bureau.

Last night he was taken to the Bureau's headquarters in Port of Spain for interrogation

Millard was held at a house on Lot 111 Collingswood in the upscale Nandy Park on the East Coast of the Demerara River in the Georgetown suburbs on Tuesday.

He told police he was doing bodyguard work for a businessman who police in Guyana suspect is involved in the drug trade and is part of a mercenary group known as the "phantom killers".

When he was arrested Millard told the Guyana police that his name was Edmund DeFrietas and that he was a United States citizen.

Millard also filed papers to block his deportation to Trinidad under the name DeFrietas.

However, he was identified by local police as David Millard through his fingerprints.

The Sunday Express was told that T&T's Attorney General John Jeremie contacted his Guyanese counterpart Doodnauth Singh and informed him that there was a warrant out for Millard and made a request for extradition.

Jeremie also spoke with Guyana's President Bharath Jagdeo on the matter.

Local Homicide detectives went to Guyana yesterday where they identified Millard as the person wanted here and that they had a warrant for his arrest.

They said that the person known as Edmund DeFrietas was not wanted here and there was no reason to deport that person.

However, because Millard was positively identified he was deported.

Millard was co-charged with Imam Yasin Abu Bakr with conspiracy to murder Salim Rasheed and Zaki Abudiah on June 4, 2003.

Bakr's case was sent for re-trial and the matter is listed to be heard on October 2.

Millard fled Trinidad on July 3, within days of the warrant being issued for his arrest.

He was booked to stay at the Le Meridien, Pegasus Hotel, in Georgetown for seven days, but never checked in.

Based on the legislation Millard is expected to be indicated by the High Court on the conspiracy charges and will go to trial as soon as October 2.

Millard is also wanted in connection with the murder of Jillia Bowen and the attempted murders of Rasheed and Adel Ghany at MovieTowne on June 4, 2003.

He will be questioned by Homicide detectives in connection with this.

Millard, a St Mary's College graduate joined the Jamaat al Muslimeen in 1995, soon after he was either deported from the US or fled as sources say he was wanted by "the underworld".

Millard went to the US around 1980 soon after leaving CIC and had stints both in New York and Miami.

Millard soon developed a very close relationship with Bakr and was said to have the "Imam's ear".

He also had very close ties to slain gang leader Mark Guerra.

Millard had worked as a URP area manager under both the UNC and PNM and in 2002 was given the job of NHA programme director of the refurbishing project.

Months after getting the post he fled.