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CJ’s friend still seeking asylum

Dillian Johnson

CAROL MATROO

BRITISH human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation (PTF), is continuing its effort to assist Dillian Johnson who is seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

Contacted via social media yesterday, a staff member from the PTF’s communications department who gave his name only as Simon, said Tatchell has been in frequent contact with Johnson. Tatchell is a well-known campaigner for human rights and LGBT rights around the world.

In a statement on Facebook, Tatchell said, “Dillian Johnson is gay and fears for his life. He fled his native Trinidad after being shot. Who is trying to silence him? Was he shot for having a same-sex relationship with a high-ranking government official? Or was it because he challenged corruption? We are helping his claim for asylum in the UK.

“I have spoken extensively to Dillian Johnson and assisted him with his asylum application. Based on the evidence he has shown me, I believe he has a well-founded fear of persecution in Trinidad and Tobago, including the possibility of being murdered. Already there has been one alleged attempt on his life and seemingly no police remedial action. I support his bid for refugee status in the UK.” Johnson fled Trinidad for the UK on December 29.

On Thursday, Johnson called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to release forensic evidence which the CJ said showed photos of Johnson’s messages on his WhatsApp were false.

Tatchell said Johnson was worried that there were two people in the TT Coast Guard and an intelligence agency who may have knowledge of the gun attack and a possible plot to kill him – a plot Johnson’s believes may be ongoing. He said Johnson remains in fear of being murdered. Johnson was shot at while at home on December 3.

Tatchell said Johnson believes authorities in TT are trying to have him extradited, possibly using trumped-up charges. Contacted yesterday for comment on the PTF’s decision to assist Johnson, CJ Archie said all questions should be referred to the Judiciary’s communication and protocol department.

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