US names Trinidad-Tobago national as international terrorist

Shane Dominic Crawford

WASHINGTON – The United States has named Shane Dominic Crawford, a Trinidad and Tobago national, among a group of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs)”.

The Department of State, in a statement posted on its website, noted that Crawford and other foreigners identified as El Shafee Elsheikh, Anjem Choudary, Sami Bouras and Mark John Taylor are believed to be foreign terrorist fighters in Syria carrying out terrorist activity on behalf of ISIS, including acting as an English language propagandist for the group.

Crawford was among people detained in an alleged plot to assassinate then Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar in the 2011. No charges were laid against them.

Crawford, also known as Asadullah, Abu Sa’d at-Trinidadi, Shane Asadullah Crawford and Asad, is listed with several others as “Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs)” under Section 1(b) of the United States’ Executive Order 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreigners “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.”

The Department of State also said that as a consequence, US nationals were generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Taylor and the others who are identified as all of their property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction was frozen.

The State Department said that the Trinidad and Tobago national and the others, whose nationalities were not disclosed, have committed or pose a significant risk of committing acts of terrorism. Designations expose and isolate organisations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the US financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other US agencies and other governments.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has confirmed that several of its citizens are fighting in Syria as part of the terrorist group, ISIS.