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Jamaican reggae superstar Buju to face immigration court

Published:Friday | October 15, 2010 | 8:38 AM

As international reggae star Buju Banton awaits his immigration hearing in the United States, one attorney is of the view that the artiste’s criminal case should not adversely affect the outcome.

Yesterday, Buju whose real name is Mark Myrie, was offered bail by a Florida federal court in the sum of US$250,000 with strict conditions.

However, he remains in custody until US magistrate Anthony Porcelli is satisfied that he can meet the bail conditions.

Among the conditions imposed on the reggae star is that he be placed on house arrest under 24-hour surveillance, the cost of which will be paid by him.

Additionally, Buju will only be allowed to leave the house, accompanied by his security detail, to meet his lawyer, attend court, to see the doctor or to pick up prescription medicines.

Buju’s attorney, David Markus is also seeking to prevent the artiste’s deportation, since his client’s entertainment visa was revoked when he was arrested in December 2009.

Immigration attorney and law professor at John Jay College, Gary Wright, says while it’s possible for the Immigration Court to remand Buju it’s not likely since he has already been offered bail for his alleged criminal offence.

Buju’s attorney had filed the motion for a bail hearing on September 27, after federal judge, James Moody declared a mistrial in the drug case against the reggae singer.