Super Minister, Stuart Young, turned up at the Post-Cabinet press conference last Thursday and announced there are 182 Trinidad and Tobago nationals suspected of financing terrorists. He did not name anyone, but said that was what the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) came up with.
Well, a call has been made for Government to name the 182 nationals who are suspected of financing terrorist activity in 2016.
Several Trinidad and Tobago nationals have gone to Syria to fight with ISIS.
Head of the The Islamic Front, Umar Abdullah, said his group “holds a different view” from that of the present administration as regards the 182 suspected nationals whom the FIU had said were involved in terrorism and in particular the 69, who are suspected of financing terrorism.
Young said the FIU received 739 suspicious transaction reports (STRs) and suspicious activity reports (SARs) which is a 21.3 per cent increase from the previous year.
Young said of the 739 suspicious transactions, 760 were related to money laundering while 69 were related to the financing of terrorism.
And there were 739 suspicious financial transactions in 2016 from banks, private members clubs and other money value transfer services (such as real estate, etc) amounting to $805.5 million.
These were some of the highlights of the 2015/2016 Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) report. Young also noted that over the 2015 to 2016 period there were certain growing trends—one was the emergence of wire transfers to jurisdictions suspected of involvement in human trafficking.
In a press release on Monday, Abdullah, said this information revealed by Young raised the question of Government’s motives and how are they going to treat with this information.
He added, “I am challenging the Government to produce the list of the 182 suspected nationals along with the names of the 69 who are suspected of financing terrorism.
“It appears as though this present administration is allowing itself to be drawn into a war with its own citizen much to their own disadvantage and at the expense and peril of the ordinary man on the streets,” he stated.
He said the Government was allowing other countries to define who “we are as a people and why are they allowing other jurisdictions to define our laws”.
Abdullah continued, “What we have existing here in this country is an anti-reggae hip pop gangster culture mentality and common criminals. If this present Government under the stewardship of the Honourable Dr Keith Rowley wants to talk terrorism; we must first level the playing field. Let us start by calling those who define us by their rightful names,” he stated.
He pointed out that in 2015 at an international conference in Malaysia; America’s “so-called war on terror was labelled a front to profligate American global hegemony and create a new world order.
He added, “Those in attendance were told the US global war on terrorism was used to enact anti-terrorism laws that demonise Muslims in the Western world and to create Islamophobia.”
Abdullah added that in 2004 the United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.
“This being the case what then was it? Was it an act of terrorism and if it was why then was PFC Le Ron Wilson, who was killed in that illegal war, honoured by attaching his name to Marli Street, Port of Spain, in his memory?
“According to our Government, wouldn’t PFC Le Ron Wilson be classified a terrorist? His name should be removed,” he stated.
Abdullah said Muslims have been taught by the Qur’an and the Prophet to help and assist their brothers and sisters in oppressive situations.
He said the US has campaigned and vowed to remove the Assad regime in Syria.
“Muslims who have gone and are continuing to go and those who have sent aid to those in need are indeed fighting against and supporting the removal of the Assad regime.
“Wouldn’t this then be considered an act of goodwill and support?” he stated.
Abdullah added the Israeli government, which is often criticized for its atrocities and oppressive nature, receives about US$3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year from the US, and further to this, the US has finalized a $38 billion package of military aid for Israel over the next 10 years.
“If that’s not funding terrorism I don’t know what is. It’s about time our duly elected Government starts calling America and Israel by their rightful names and begin doing their homework and investigate properly information coming to them from America,” he stated.
“They need to start standing up and protect its citizens and speak out on global issues that affect its people. Once again, I am calling on the Government to produce the list of the 182 suspected nationals along with the names of the 69 who are suspected of financing terrorism.
Abdullah ended, “We’ll be damned to sit here and allow others to interfere with our religious rights and freedom; in a country where every creed and race should find and equal place.”
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