Buju gets bail

JAILED Reggae artiste Buju Banton was this afternoon offered $250,000 bail in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in the United States.

But Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is still not in the clear as his lawyer David Oscar Markus will now have to seek bond in the immigration court to prevent his deportation to Jamaica. Banton’s entertainment visa was revoked when he was arrested last December.

As part of Banton’s bail condition, he will have to wear a monitoring device and will be subject to house arrest and 24 hour security, to be paid for by the defence.

He can only leave his house for meetings with his attorney and for doctors’ appointments and to purchase medication. He will also be subjected to drug testing.

Jamaica Observer

* Another week in jail for Buju

JAMAICAN Reggae star Buju Banton, must languish for another week in the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida before he will know if he will be granted bail. Continue reading

Buju to Miss Grammys – Artiste Did Not Apply for Bail


Buju Banton

Dancehall star Buju Banton will miss the January 31 Grammy Awards where his latest album, Rasta Got Soul, is one of five nominated for the reggae prize.

While the winner is being named, Buju will be in a federal prison where he will stay until his trial in March.

After spending Christmas behind bars, Buju appeared in court yesterday but did not apply for bail.

Instead, Buju entered a not-guilty plea when he appeared in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Continue reading