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A Trinidad and Tobago national has been placed on a United States terror list, which prohibits US nationals from engaging in any transactions with him.

Shane Crawford was identified as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) by the US State Department and listed as a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who is believed to be fighting with terror group ISIS in Syria since 2011.

The sanctions include freezing of any property or property interests under US jurisdiction.

Crawford, who also goes by the name Abu Sa’d at Trinidadi, appeared in an ISIS recruitment video last year where he called for Muslims in Trinidad to commit acts of violence against “non-believers”.

He first entered the public eye after being detained during the 2011 state of emergency and was investigated for an alleged plot to kill former Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Despite being detained for 14 days, no charges were laid against him. Crawford became enraged and at that point decided to turn away from Trinidad and go to fight with ISIS.

The US State Department has identified Crawford as an English language interpreter and propagandist for ISIS.

Under US law, sanctions are imposed on “foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals, or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

Locally, the Government has proposed anti-terrorism legislation that would impose significant fines and penalties for terrorism financing or joining terrorist groups.

There is a report that some 130 Trinidad and Tobago nationals are suspected to have left this country to engage in terrorist activity overseas.
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