National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has expressed concern about reports this week that nine Trinidadian nationals were nabbed on their way to Syria, to join the terrorist group – ISIS.
It was not the first time that Trinidadians associated with ISIS were held by Turkish authorities.
“The world is changing – We have now seen that persons as close as Trinidad want to join ISIS, so we have to be concerned in Saint Lucia,” Hermangild Francis said.
The former Deputy Police Commissioner disclosed that it is a discussion he will have with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, to see how best the matter can be approached.
Francis made the comments yesterday shortly before meeting with police officers from the North of the Island.
The meeting was held at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School.
He said of the terrorist link to the Caribbean:
“It is very serious, but before I can make a statement I would like to speak with the Commissioner of Police.”
Aside from the nine Trinidad and Tobago nationals who were reported this week to have been arrested, in January this year, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported that four Trinidad and Tobago nationals were among 961 foreign members of ISIS captured by Turkish forces.
The newspaper referred to a list published in December of people captured from 57 countries.
In April, the Trinidad and Tobago government said it was now “red-flagging” as potential threats to national security the families of men and women who went to Syria to fight for ISIS.
An opposition legislator also claimed earlier this year that 400 nationals had been indoctrinated, radicalised and trained by ISIS.