CONVICTED REGGAE superstar Buju Banton has said he yearns for the day when the United States will stand together against injustice.
Buju, who yesterday had his sentencing on a gun-related conviction postponed when he appeared in the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa, Florida, continues to plead his innocence of his drug conviction.
In the message, tweeted by the official Free Buju Now Twitter page, Buju said: "If you only knew, I pray that this great nation would regain consciousness and defend truth and rights like they should and stand united against a common enemy - injustice."
He added: "It has certainly not been an easy road, but I will never give up the fight until I am once again reunited with my people and my family."
While expressing the hope that he would eventually be set free, Buju said his work then would be far from over.
"Even then, that's when the struggle begins, because I must continue fighting for those who I have met and seen their plight and how they are being 'felonised' by the government and disenfranchised and violated by the very laws that should be protecting their properties and persons," the reggae superstar said.
ALLEGED JUROR MISCONDUCT
A Grammy-award winning artiste, Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving 10 years in federal prison after being convicted of drug-running.
Buju was also found guilty of possession of a firearm by a jury in 2011, but the sentencing judge set aside the charge.
However, an appeal court judge ruled that Buju should be sentenced on the gun charge. He faces five additional years in prison.
Yesterday's hearing was put off on the request of Buju's lawyer, Chokwe Lumumba, amid an application for an investigation he filed earlier this month, alleging juror misconduct during the singjay's drug trial in February 2011. No new date has been set for the sentencing.
A juror in Buju's drug trial last year has confessed that she researched aspects of the entertainer's case to gauge a greater understanding of the matter before deliberation.
Lumumba has said the conduct of the jury is grounds for a mistrial to be ordered in the case.