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US based Vincentian calypsonian arrested at airport

vincyKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jul 22, CMC – Police Friday detained a New York-based Vincentian singer at the E.T. Joshua Airport, reportedly in connection with posts he allegedly made on the social network, Facebook, last year.

Paul Scrubb, a calypsonian, known for songs critical of the ruling Unity Labour Party (UWP), was nabbed as he was about to enter the departure lounge of the airport.

A lawyer, who is familiar with the development, said that police have conducted an electronic interview with the artiste, whose stage name is “I-Madd”.

The lawyer said that the indication is that Scrubb would be charged with sedition and making a threat.

If this is done, he is likely to remain in police custody on the weekend until Monday, to appear before a magistrate.

Scrubb’s arrest comes amidst concerns about the intention of some elements of the Cybercrime Bill that is before Parliament.

Some observers have welcomed elements of the bill that seeks to protect vulnerable persons on the internet, but have also expressed concern that it extends the ability of the State to intimidate or silent its critics and political opponents.

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vincyKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jul 22, CMC – Police Friday detained a New York-based Vincentian singer at the E.T. Joshua Airport, reportedly in connection with posts he allegedly made on the social network, Facebook, last year.

Paul Scrubb, a calypsonian, known for songs critical of the ruling Unity Labour Party (UWP), was nabbed as he was about to enter the departure lounge of the airport.

A lawyer, who is familiar with the development, said that police have conducted an electronic interview with the artiste, whose stage name is “I-Madd”.

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The lawyer said that the indication is that Scrubb would be charged with sedition and making a threat.

If this is done, he is likely to remain in police custody on the weekend until Monday, to appear before a magistrate.

Scrubb’s arrest comes amidst concerns about the intention of some elements of the Cybercrime Bill that is before Parliament.

Some observers have welcomed elements of the bill that seeks to protect vulnerable persons on the internet, but have also expressed concern that it extends the ability of the State to intimidate or silent its critics and political opponents.