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T&T government to secure their prompt release from
a prison in Caracas where the men are sharing the
Around 50 people from across T&T s Muslim com-
munity gathered on Victoria Avenue as TV cameras
and reporters scrambled to the scene.
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"I will not sleep until my son is returned," said
a mother of one of the eight T&T Muslims being
detained in Venezuela under anti-terror laws, at a
protest outside the Venezuelan Embassy in Port-
Visibly shaking, Gloria Charles-John was in tears
at the protest organised by Inshan Ishmael s Muslim Continues on Page A9
The state of emergency in the Venezuelan capital has
added to the confusion. The Muslim men appeared in
court alongside Venezuelans who had been arrested on
charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
Amidst heightened tensions caused by violent protests
in Caracas, hotel staff became suspicious of the group of
Muslims staying at the hotel and called the police who
raided the hotel.
Venezuela has a tiny, though influential, Muslim
population of around 100,000 (0.4 per cent of the
population), mostly Arabs of Middle-Eastern descent.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that amongst
the group are several men who were accused of a plot to
assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in
2011, accusations that were later found to be a hoax.
Ishmael said the men have had problems in every
overseas country they have tried to visit since the
accusations and he believes their files are marked by
international security services.
Damian Pitilal, brother of another detained man,
Dominic Clive Pitilal (whose Islamic name is Jamal),
addressed remarks to the PM, saying, "I would like to
know why it is, Madam Prime Minister, that they cleared
their names after the (assassination accusations), but in
any country they have to travel to, there is a red flag over
"He is not a terrorist. Anybody who is in the Diego
Martin masjid or any masjid around T&T will know that. I
would like the necessary authorities to step in right
Pitilal was one of the 16 Muslim men detained on
assassination plot in 2011 during the State of Emergency
which targeted Persad-Bissessar and three Cabinet
The Muslim group played a role in freeing them, but,
Ishmael says, the incident "went throughout the world,
the names of these gentlemen were printed and red flags
were sent through the TSA (the US-based Transportation
Security Administration responsible for travel security)
when they were detained in Trinidad.
"No charges were ever laid, it turned out to be a hoax,
but they now have a label and anywhere they go they are
on the TSA system and red flags are raised at
immigration. The US and Canada is totally out for them.
So when governments and Interpol communicate now
when they go into countries, Pitilal gets a red flag which
should not be there. Their names should be cleared."
The Venezuelan intelligence service has claimed the
large numbers of passports in the group's possession are
evidence of terrorist activity but Imam Rasheed Karim of
Felicity mosque said the men are simply "collateral
damage" of the civil unrest in the Latin American country.
As to why some of the detained men have been in
Venezuela for over two months, since late January,
Ishmael said: "Visas are not a one-day process and if you
are going to Venezuela a lot of people go to spend some
time, socialise, relax and treat it like a vacation, because
the visas take some time to process."
to her son
of the eight
'Bring our children home'
Protesters demand govt take action...
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