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AG moves to
Government has ap-
plied to have the court
declare yet another
national, Milton John
Algernon, as a "listed
entity" --- terrorist---and
have his funds frozen
Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi confirmed this
after the state filed docu-
ments concerning Alger-
non in court last Friday. A date for the
matter, already assigned to a judge, is
Algernon was among persons de-
scribed on an intelligence list as having
gone to Syria in 2013 to join the Islamic
State terror network. He was 38 then.
The list--obtained by the T&T Guard-
ian in April 2016--stated that Algernon
was "killed in battle in the second week
of July 2015."
Al-Rawi spoke about T&T's anti-ter-
rorism efforts as he issued sympathies
to the British people following Saturday
night's third terrorist attack in Britain
in as many months.
Communication Minister Maxie
Cuffie has said there were so far no re-
ports of T&T nationals killed or injured
in the London attack.
Al-Rawi added yesterday: "Our full,
continued support is committed to the
people of England. We continue to join
them in the war against terrorism and
will do everything in our small but im-
portant part to stand frontline in the
Among T&T's own latest develop-
ments, he said, is the move to have Al-
gernon declared a "listed entity." This
follows work among a number of local
and foreign security and intelligence
Algernon was a former
director of the T&T Agri-
cultural Society and vice
president of the Sheep and
Goat Farmers' Association.
His address was listed as
Rio Claro, but he was also
listed as living at Cun-
upia. The latter address
was also given for onetime
Enterprise resident Shane
with whom Algernon was
charged in 2010 for possession of a
large cache of arms and ammunition.
Algernon, a father of six was reported
to have two wives who were pregnant
at the time.
Crawford was listed by intelligence
agencies as departing for ISIS in 2013.
He was sanctioned by the United States
in March for alleged ISIS involve-
ment. The US reported he was killed
in air strikes against ISIS last October.
Government subsequently obtained a
court order deeming Crawford aka "Abu
Sa'd al-Trinidadi" a "listed entity" and
freezing his assets.
Crawford was the 341st individual or
entity listed by T&T under anti-terror-
Algernon and Crawford were among
five alleged to have been assassins in an
alleged plot by 13 people to kill former
prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissses-
sar in 2011.
Al-Rawi said further proposed an-
ti-terrorism amendments will tack-
le some aspects which British Prime
Minister Theresa May advocated
following Saturday's London attack.
May said Britain has been too tolerant
of extremism and advocated stronger
measures, including for Internet giants
to stop providing a "safe space" for ex-
tremism. • See Editorial on Page A16
State action on 2nd Trini
terorrist reported dead...
Locals not buying reports of ISIS Ramadan threat
So said leaders of independ-
ent and traditional arms of the
local Muslim community, Is-
lamic Front's Umar Abdullah
and Muslim Roundtable's Ha-
feez Khan respectively.
Both commented on the issue
yesterday following Saturday's
third terrorist attack in London.
The UK Telegraph reported that
following London's second attack
recently in Manchester, ISIS had
repeated its 2016 call for "all out
war on western infidels" during
the month of Ramadan. The fast-
ing period began over a week ago.
When the call was made in 2016,
attacks followed globally.
ISIS is reported to have urged
"Muslim brothers in Europe who
can't reach ISIS lands" to attack
people in their homes, markets,
roads and forums. The group re-
portedly said it "loved" the tar-
geting of innocents and civilians.
Yesterday, however, Abdullah
said he wasn't taking the report-
ed call as credible, since a lot of
propaganda was "being circulated
to attack the Muslim community
and could assist the US' bid to ban
people from Muslim countries or
aid retaliatory strikes in the Mid-
Khan added: "That sort of (ISIS)
call would only take root in de-
ranged minds and wouldn't reach
those of sound mind. Anyone re-
sponding to this wouldn't be in-
volved in true Islamic teachings."
Khan, however, stressed that
Government must be "on top" of
the terrorism threat issue. Gov-
ernment meets with community
members at mid-month to discuss
ways of handling people who re-
turn from ISIS involvement.
Also contacted yesterday, for-
mer National Operation Centre
head Garvin Heerah meanwhile
said counter-terrorism focus is
needed concerning fears that re-
turnees might engage in terrorism
on home ground.
"Rather than broad policy seek-
ing to criminalise/restrict extrem-
ist opinions, a better approach is
to focus on individuals reasonably
suspected of intending to engage
in a terrorist plot, finance terror-
ism or incite it. Professor Arun
Dundani says the best way of
preventing terrorist violence is to
widen the range of opinions that
can be freely expressed---not re-
strict it," he said.
"There must also be a strategic
intent from all factions of the na-
tional security grid for collabora-
tive effort in preventing terrorist
attacks. This needs to be gener-
ated from a centre for counter
terrorism. This global threat far
outweighs the responsibilities of
a desk or sub-unit."
He urged analysis of political,
economic, social and psychologi-
cal forces underpinning terrorism.
"Does T&T have a counter ter-
rorism strategy? This goes way
beyond utterances that returnees
will be 'monitored'. Another chal-
lenge is to understand the process
by which extremist ideology takes
hold among youths."
Any Islamic State (ISIS)
“encouragement” for attacks
during Ramadan on innocents
and civilians shouldn’t be seen
as credible, since this isn’t true
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