KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday December 30, 2014, CMC – Jamaica’s Grammy award winning singer, Sean Paul, has cancelled a New Year Eve show in the Maldives after reportedly receiving a death threat from an Islamic group claiming to have ties in Syria.
“Unfortunately, the world has reached a point where cyber threats must affect real life decisions. With that said, due to safety concerns for my crew and the people of the Maldives attending the Tourist Arrival Countdown, it is with deep regret that I have come to the difficult decision to cancel my appearance,” the artiste said in a statement.
Last weekend a video message was posted online and that Paul’s publicist, Carlette DeLeon, said a decision would be taken following a meeting with Sean Paul’s management team and authorities in the Maldives.
Britain’s Independent newspaper reported the video message carries the logo of the Bilad Al Sham Media (BASM) group, an organisation which claims to comprise Maldivian jihadists based in Syria and the Maldives.
“Sean Paul, if you visit the Maldives, the world will see your burned and blood-drenched dead body,” said cards held by a cloaked figure in the video posted on YouTube late on Wednesday night.
“It is for all Muslim to jihad in the name of Allah. Hence disbelievers like Sean Paul, who are like the worst of the devil’s advocates, deserve nothing but death,” according to the video.
But the newspaper quoting a Twitter account allegedly belonging to BASM, said the group denies being behind the threat.
“We would clearly like to announce that our media have nothing to do with the Sean Paul death threatening video.”