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2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Jamaica

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 5 August 2010
Cite as United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Jamaica, 5 August 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4c63b63d24.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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The United States and Jamaica cooperated on a variety of counterterrorism-related areas, including the Container Security Initiative; the provision of equipment and training to the Jamaica Defense Force and Constabulary Force; and law enforcement intelligence sharing. In 2007, following his imprisonment in the United Kingdom for inciting murder and for fomenting terrorism and racial hatred, British authorities deported the radical Jamaican-born cleric Sheik Abdullah El-Faisal back to Jamaica. Jamaican and U.S. authorities remained concerned about El-Faisal's plans, intentions, and influence. At year's end, El-Faisal was detained in Kenya pending deportation to Jamaica. Kenyan officials arrested El-Faisal for violating his visa terms by preaching in Kenyan mosques.

Jamaica's entry/exit computer system, controlled by the Passport, Immigration, and Citizenship Agency, had no more storage capacity and thus could only recall two years of entry/exit records; an inability to track inbound and outbound persons beyond those two years remained a vulnerability. Jamaican Customs' ability to target inbound/outbound/ transiting containers was limited to a paper-based system. All paper files that document entry and exit prior to 2004 were lost in a warehouse fire.

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