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TRINIDAD REBELS WILL FACE CHARGES

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Officials say they will press charges against more than 100 Moslem extremists who took Prime Minister Arthur N.R. Robinson and 54 others hostage in a failed attempt to topple the government.

Abu Bakr and his rebels surrendered and freed their remaining 46 hostages on Wednesday, ending a crisis that began five days earlier with the armed seizure of Parliament and the government's television station.The capital was quiet Thursday. Security forces searched for explosives that might have been left behind by the rebels. People remained indoors under a 6 p.m. to noon curfew that remained in effect.

Government officials said they had not yet determined the number killed and wounded in the hostage-taking and subsequent looting. They said at least two police officers were killed. U.S. Ambassador Charles Gargano said government officials told him at least 20 died.

State radio said Leo des Vignes, a junior government minister taken hostage Friday and released a day later, died of a heart attack Wednesday in a hospital. He had been shot in the heel.

Despite rebel claims they were granted amnesty, deputy prime minister Winston Dookeran emphatically denied any deals were struck.

"We have made no deals with this extremist group," he said late Wednesday.

He said "appropriate charges" would be brought against the militants. Asked whether the charges would include murder and treason, Dookeran said it would be up to the judicial authorities to decide.

Bakr, a former policeman who converted to Islam and considers himself a champion of the downtrodden, was under heavy guard along with the other 112 rebels at army headquarters in Chaguerames in northwest Trinidad.

The freed hostages spent the night at Camp Ogden, another army base near the capital of Port-of-Spain, for medical exams and treatment.

Bakr had demanded Robinson's ouster, accusing him of corruption and blaming him for widespread poverty in this once oil-rich Caribbean nation of 1.3 million people.