Buju Banton released from U.S. prison

09 Décembre, 2018, 03:22 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Controversial reggae dancehall star Buju Banton at the Century Club in Century City

In an interview with Loop News reporter Job Nelson, captured by videographer Marlon Reid at Gargamel Music Studio off Red Hills Road in St Andrew on Thursday, the senior Myrie was upbeat as he spoke about the impending release of the artiste from prison on Saturday.

An officer at the McRae Correctional institution, where Buju spent the last eight years, said the entertainer was let out on Friday.

The Gleaner said the United States embassy in Kingston is tight-lipped about when Buju will return to Jamaica. However, his release date was past year changed to December 8, 2018.

Buju Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, was arrested on cocaine charges in 2009 and given a mandatory 10-year sentence in 2011.

Buju Banton recently released a statement making it very clear that his main focus upon his release is his music.

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Federal prosecutors required two trials to convict the reggae icon, who was targeted and pursued by an undercover federal informant for more than a year.

The artist already has plans for his next moves, one of which is set to help the youth of his country find employment opportunities, according to Jamaica's minister of culture minister Olivia "Babsy" Grange.

"Having survived, I want to share the good news and strength of my music".

But the minister of national security, Horace Chang, cautioned against giving him " a hero's welcome".

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