Sean Paul cancels Maldives performance following death threat
International Dancehall artiste Sean Paul has cancelled his performance in the Maldives amid a death threat from alleged Islamist extremists.
The threat was contained in a video posted on YouTube on Christmas Day.
It warned that the world would see "the burnt and blood-drenched body" of the Grammy-winning reggae artiste if he accepts an invitation from the Maldivian Government to perform at a special New Year’s Eve concert.
In a post on his Facebook this evening, the 41-year-old artiste said "the world has reached a point where cyber threats must affect real life decisions."
"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," read the post.
Sean Paul then said he wished peace to the people of the Maldives.
Maldivian newspaper, Minivan, yesterday reported online that the president's office had labelled the death threat a 'local hoax' aimed at damaging the country’s reputation.
The Maldives economy is heavily dependent on tourism.
The view from the President's Office is consistent with police pronouncements.
Bilad Al-Sham Media, the Maldivian extremist group believed to be responsible for the threat has distanced itself from the incident.
A local non-governmental organisation and a cabinet minister have led calls for the concert to be cancelled.
But tourism minister Ahmed Adeeb has reportedly sought to assure that the concert will continue and security would be ramped up.
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