KINGSTON: The main opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) called for a full scale independent investigation on Monday into a possible link between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and local citizens.
The call follows the decision by Suriname immigration authorities last weekend to deny entry to a 16-year-old Jamaican teenager who was suspected of travelling to Turkey in order to join ISIS.
Police said the teenager arrived at Johan Adolf Pengel Airport in Suriname on a flight from Jamaica, intending to transit to the Netherlands, from where he would travel to Turkey.
“He was denied entry to Suriname because we received information from a regional intelligence service that he wanted to join ISIS,” the police said without identifying the teenager.
National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, said Jamaican authorities were instrumental in the apprehension of the teenager and that he is awaiting confirmation from the police on whether there is an ISIS connection.
JLP spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, said the situation warrants a detailed investigation.
“As to how this has happened, is it happening?” he asked. “How long has it been happening? Bring this to the attention of Parliament so that the people can be exposed to what is likely to happen to any youngster. It is a very frightening situation.”