Buju Wants To Be Absent From Sentencing Hearing
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Incarcerated Reggae star Buju
Banton, has requested that he not be present at his sentencing on a
firearm charge in the US District Court in Tampa, Florida next month. A
member of Banton’s legal team Ihmotep Alkebu-lan told the Jamaica
Observer that the artiste has made a formal request that he be absent
from the hearing.
cocaine related charges but the appeal was thrown out by an Appellate
Court based in the state of Georgia.
James Moody. Moody reasoned that Banton had never spoken to or met his
co-defendant James Mack, who was held with Ian Thomas in a government
controlled warehouse attempting to but a large quantity of cocaine. The
gun was found in a hidden compartment of a car Mack was driving.
maintained his innocence and claimed the US government entrapped him by
hiring the services of convicted drug dealer turned government informant