Tuesday 19 March, 2019

St Augustine man charged under Anti-Terrorism Act for Facebook posts

A 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged in accordance with Section 14 of the Anti-Terrorism Act, for inciting acts of racial violence via social media.

Jonathan Anthony Mohammed, of Santa Margarita, St. Augustine, was charged with sedition and incitement to commit a terrorist act, after the DPP gave instructions to the Terrorism Interdiction Unit (TIU) of the Special Branch, on Friday 9 November.

He is the first person to be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The charges arose from a number of posts made to Facebook on Sunday 28 October.

One of the posts included a video of a moving convoy of armoured vehicles in which one of the vehicles was suddenly destroyed by an explosive. It was further discovered that posts preceding the video called on members of the public to engage in acts of racial violence.

An investigation was immediately launched by the Special Branch into the matter and led to Mohammed’s arrest on Wednesday 7 November.

Charges were laid by Cpl. Nurse, of the TIU, and Mohammed is expected to appear before the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

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