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    Owner of Islamic TV station in Trinidad released after being held under Terrorism Act by Stephen Cummings - stephen @ caribbeannetnews.com Friday, January 26,
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      Owner of Islamic TV station in Trinidad released
      after being held under Terrorism Act

      by Stephen Cummings - stephen @ caribbeannetnews.com
      Friday, January 26, 2007
      Caribbean Net News Trinidad and Tobago Correspondent
      http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000054/005434.htm


      PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad: Owner and broadcaster of Trinidad and
      Tobago's lone Islamic television station, Ishan Ishmael, has been
      released after being arrested for allegedly attempting to lead an
      illegal demonstration against the state.

      Ishmael was released hours after his attorneys secured a TT$10,000
      bail bond in his favour.

      Ishmael who owns and operates the Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN)
      in east Trinidad, had been planning a two-day shut down of the
      country, with the support of the business community, as a protest
      against crime and criminal activity.

      However, the day before the protest was due to take place, he was
      forcibly taken from his office by four heavily-armed plain clothes
      police officers.

      Ishmael was initially detained under the Anti-Terrorism Act. The
      Islamic Broadcasting Network (IBN) last week also had one of its
      controversial programmes called "Breaking Barriers" pulled off the air
      by local cable company, Columbus Communications.

      The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago said they had
      received complaints about certain statements made at different times
      during the programme, considered to be in contravention of the
      Telecommunications Act.

      Broadcaster Ishmael is now back with his family after being released
      but vows to continue leading more protests. He has threatened next
      time to lead a seven-day shut down of the country this time, with the
      full support of the business community.

      Ishmael has been one of the country's leading social activists
      protesting against rising crime in the country. But on Wednesday he
      was arrested under the country's anti-terrorism act for allegedly
      failing to identify the printer's name on handbills that were being
      distributed for the planned two-day shut down.

      Ishmael is to return to court at a later date.

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