Gov­ern­ment seeks to freeze as­sets of Trinida­dian sus­pected of ter­ror­ism

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - – Caribbean360

The Trinidad gov­ern­ment has filed an ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing the High Court’s per­mis­sion to seize the as­sets of a na­tional im­pris­oned over­seas who is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in ter­ror­ism.

The ex­parte ap­pli­ca­tion was made un­der Sec­tion 22 (B) of the Anti-Ter­ror­ism Act, which states that the At­tor­ney Gen­eral can sub­mit a re­quest to freeze the as­sets of an in­di­vid­ual or en­tity where there are rea­son­able grounds to be­lieve that en­tity or in­di­vid­ual has know­ingly com­mit­ted or par­tic­i­pated in the com­mis­sion of a ter­ror­ist act, or is know­ingly act­ing on be­half of, at the di­rec­tion of, or in as­so­ci­a­tion with such an in­di­vid­ual. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Faris Al-Rawi made the dis­clo­sure on Tues­day dur­ing a meet­ing of the Caribbean Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force. He said the ap­pli­ca­tion re­lated to a re­quest that had been pend­ing for some time.

“As in­com­ing AG I met an ap­pli­ca­tion which was lan­guish­ing and in re­spect of which there had been a con­vic­tion. I saw it as an im­por­tant de­liv­er­able to pro­ceed with that ap­pli­ca­tion to court and so I took the ex­er­cise of gelling the ap­pli­ca­tion into its proper form, en­sured the ev­i­dence was be­hind the ap­pli­ca­tion and in very short mea­sure made the ap­proach to court to­day,” he said.

“Mat­ters can­not af­ford to be in the sys­tem for long. You must deal with them con­clu­sively and if you can’t deal with them, you have to say why.”

Al-Rawi did not dis­close the iden­tity of the in­di­vid­ual named in the ap­pli­ca­tion, but lo­cal news­pa­pers re­ported that the man who is the sub­ject of the ap­pli­ca­tion is con­victed JFK bomb plot­ter Ka­reem Ibrahim.

The Trinida­dian was sen­tenced in 2012 to life in prison for con­spir­ing to com­mit a ter­ror­ist at­tack at John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Queens, New York by ex­plod­ing fuel tanks and a fuel pipe­line un­der the air­port.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Faris Al-Rawi made the ap­pli­ca­tion

in the High Court on Tues­day.

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