Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 19th 2017 Contents soon---targets returning terrorist
This involves accepting na-
tionals back, though detention
and subjection to the legal pro-
cess may follow, officials hinted.
It may also apply to spouses who
were with fighters.
Two people from T&T targeted
The global issue of terrorism has
increased urgency for Government
to erect stronger operational and
legislative fences for T&T which
occupies a unique connection be-
tween the Americas, Europe, and
Local courts have listed and
recognise 333 terrorist entities/
entities and a couple locals. This
lays the groundwork for future
action on alleged local culprits.
Among those listed was T&T-born
Kareem Ibrahim whose property
was seized by the State.
Soon, Government is going to
court on several local matters,
listing three more entities. Nine
others are in the works.
...Moreso, the State is going af-
ter two particular targets, alleged
to be in the Middle East, viewed
as "persons of interest"
video footage reportedly of two
Both allegedly have criminal
backgrounds, being involved in
thuggery as "bad boys." Interna-
tional states as well as T&T have
"eyes" on both.
Legal follow-ups regarding key
personalities alleged to have gone
to Syria, and their connections are
Overall, amendments to Mutual
Legal Assistance treaties are being
considered. Assistance has come
from foreign counter-terrorism
experts, some of whom met with
Muslim community members via
a government outreach.
Prior to Dillon's figures, UNC
MP Roodal Moonilal last April
disclosed 400 in T&T were rad-
icalised by Isis and men, women
and children had left for Syria.
Government believes that figure
was based on Suspicious Trans-
action Reports from financial in-
The intelligence report subse-
quently obtained by the Guardian
listed approximately 105 nationals
leaving T&T---destination Syr-
ia---over 2013-2015. This includ-
ed men, women and 43 children,
among several groups.
Government considers much of
the information---beyond the two
cases at current focus---largely
"circumstantial" and is examining
material, including 'intel' of those
Up to when proposed amend-
ments were laid, Government
could not give an official figure
of who is dead among those who
guardian.co.tt Sunday, February 19, 2017
Tightening T&T's anti-terrorism net
She has not heard from her son
since last October.
It is the longest stretch that there has
been no word and by now, Joan Craw-
ford is not sure Shane Crawford is still
alive. But she has resigned herself to
what may lie ahead.
"I used to hear regularly from him,
but this is the longest I haven't heard.
My belief though is if anything happens
it's by Allah's hand," Crawford said last
"Allah loaned me my children for a
certain time. When he's ready to take
them, he will. They're his---whatever
comes, I'm prepared."
For her, that includes tougher an-
ti-terrorism amendments laid in Par-
liament last Monday.
She believes this may scare away na-
tionals "overseas" (in conflict zones)
who may consider returning. But she
doubts any, including Shane, are in-
terested in coming home.
Shane (aka Asadullah) Dominic
Crawford's mug shot and background
is listed as number one on a security
intelligence document on 105 people
reported to have left T&T for Syria over
His date of departure was listed as
November 2013. He was then 27.
His address was Wallerfield and sta-
tus was "Confirmed in Syria."
In case anyone doubted, his mother
said a video of him bathing in the Eu-
phrates River subsequently emerged.
She did not know he had left T&T.
"He called me from there and said,
"This is it---you will not see me in this
life again. We'll meet in Jannah (para-
dise) Insha Allah."
"He knew he wasn't coming back.
The first set (those who left) had no
intention of returning.
"He used to tell me when someone
enters a house and kills a family, Allah
allows it. Whatever happens in life, Al-
lah allows. When we were in a car once,
I said he was driving fast, he said he'd
never die in a car accident."
'Better a bomb drop and kill you'
Even if he lives a long life, she knows
she won't see him here again.
"Never! Never! Never," Crawford
"I wouldn't want him to return after
being branded a terrorist. Better he stay
where he is."
Actually, is better a bomb drop on
you and kill you than to come back and
go to prison here."
Crawford, who had a record of alleged
crime, left for Syria not long after being
detained in the 2011 state of emergen-
cy, among 15 involved in an alleged plot
to assassinate former prime minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar. No charges
"What else you could do if they brand
you a terrorist?" his mother asked, cit-
ing reasons for his departure.
"When Muslims were oppressed, it
saddened him. Wives may have wanted
to follow husbands...
"He was a blessed child, I really miss
him and I love him."
She wishes she could see Crawford's
two other children who were born after
he went to Syria, where his wife and
first son joined him.
She hopes there would be a way for
widows and children of deceased fight-
ers to return.
But whether killed in recent months
or alive, she accepts she would never
see him here again.
"...Especially because of this pro-
posed law---nobody coming home for
fear of being locked up," she added.
Clauses in the new bill
The 31 clauses target direct and in-
direct involvement in terrorist activi-
ties, seeking to close T&T's "gate" on
people desirous of emulating Crawford
and others "overseas."
Proposals were announced after Na-
tional Security Minister Edmund Dillon
recently confirmed 130 nationals are
involved in terrorist activities overseas.
He cited 72 adults and 58 family
Dillon's figures over April to August
2016 also ranged between 100 to 120---
and now 130.
Proposals target those going to con-
flict zones---including under guise of
"study"---becoming radicalised via
electronic media and collecting money
for travelling to commit terrorist acts.
Also targeted is financing of terror-
ists through third parties, and taking
children to conflict zones.
Another segment will stipulate cer-
tain areas regarding which travellers to
those places must inform the State of
their departure/return. But travel is not
The bill allows Government to make
requests to the Isis or Al Qaeda Sanc-
tions Team international bodies for
listing of people/entities.
If there is information a person is
suspected of meeting criteria on these
lists, the State can seek police probe
concerning the person.
Proposed penalties include a maxi-
mum of 25 years in jail and $5 million
Another segment---to be finalised
"Actually, is better a bomb
drop on you and kill you
than to come back and go
to prison here."
...Crawford's Mom unsure if he's still alive
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