Names on terrorism list not Bajans
A FIVE-PAGE LIST of terrorists and terrorist entities is being published today after the High Court granted an order from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
However, DPP Donna Babb-Agard QC assured that the names were not of anyone living in Barbados.
The publishing of the names in today’s newspaper is in keeping with the country’s international obligations with the United Nations Security Council Committee which has already identified the people as terrorists or an “entity or group associated with, or affiliated to terrorists or acts of terrorism”.
In a statement to the NATION last night, Babb-Agard pointed out that on November 12, her office made an application in the High Court under the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act 2019-34 seeking an order designating a person as a terrorist, or terrorist entity. The declaratory order was granted the next day after the matter was heard.
“In keeping with our international obligations, Barbados recognises and observes any list of terrorists’ designations declared, established and maintained by the United Nations Security Council Committee . . . on proof that a person, entity or group has been identified, as a terrorist; or an entity or group is associated with, or affiliated to terrorists or acts of terrorism.
“The names of the persons or terrorists entities which are listed in the court order granted on November 13, 2019, were adopted from the above-mentioned list established and maintained by the United Nations Security Council Committee. They are not the names of any persons who have been identified as residing in Barbados,” Babb-Agard stated.
Under the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act 2019-34, once a Declaratory Terrorist Designation Order is granted, it must be published in the Official Gazette and the daily newspapers.
“My request to have such an order published fulfils my obligation under the act,” the DPP said.
Under the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act, Barbados has to implement the United Nations Convention respecting the suppression of the financing of terrorism, and United Nations Security Council Resolutions relating to terrorism, and provide generally for preventing and combatting terrorism and its financing.
That act also makes provision for implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on the prevention, suppression and disruption of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their financing. (AC)