of the five Trinitarians were received on November 24, 2016, between tears and
hugs, by their relatives at the International Airport of Piarco, the main
terminal of that country. "Thanks for the support. It was very important to us,
especially because we were alone there, feeling discouraged and abandoned. It
was a terrible experience. Most of the time, we did not have any food, but what
is food without freedom. However, we were not brutally mistreated in any way,"
said one of them, Asim Luqman, to the Daily Express upon
defense denounced on several occasions to the Ombudsman's Office in Venezuela
that the detainees were not receiving medical care. The Trinitarians have
instructed their attorneys to appeal for not agreeing with the sentence. "There
are contradictions in the sentence. A conviction cannot be a whim of the judge.
The priority of them is that justice be done. That is why they will exhaust the
legal instances in the country to file the respective international complaints,"
explains attorney Javier Mayorca.
fifth of the group that did not reunite with his loved ones that day was Charles
Wade. Upon arriving in Trinidad and Tobago from Venezuela, along with his other
four companions, he was taken into custody by the police of that country. Wade
was charged with committing fraud at the time of purchase of a vehicle in 2013
and had to spend a couple of days in prison until he was granted bail, as
reported by the Daily Express media.
this case came to light, the head of the Islamic front in Trinidad and Tobago,
Umar Abdullah, asked his government to establish diplomatic relationships with
Saudi Arabia to ensure that local Muslims do not have to travel to Venezuela to
apply for a visa to attend the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca that is
mandatory in their religion. A measure that, according to Abdullah, would avoid
repeating the story that today condemns