Buju still behind bars

Reggae artiste Buju Banton’s
release from a Florida jail has hit another snag due to a disagreement with the
prosecution over the security company he wants to hire for his 24-hour security
detail.

The disagreement is such that the
parties will be heading back to Federal Court for the matter to be reviewed by
Magistrate Judge Anthony E Porcelli today, Wednesday.

As part of his bail conditions, it
was stipulated that Banton be placed under house arrest, have a 24-hour
security detail, at his expense, and wear an electronic monitoring device. The
security detail is to ensure that Banton does not violate the terms of his
house arrest.

Judge Porcelli had also ruled that
the government agree with whatever security arrangement Banton is putting in
place.

Banton, whose real is Mark Anthony
Myrie, was offered bail in the sum of $250,000 bail after his cocaine and gun
trial ended in September with a hung jury.

A retrial is slated for some time
in December.

Banton was arrested at his Tamara,
Florida, home last December and charged with conspiracy to possess and
distribute five kilograms of cocaine, and possession of a weapon during the
furtherance of a crime.

Under the terms of the house
arrest, Banton can only leave his house for meetings with his attorney, for
doctor’s appointments, to purchase medication and for court-appointed hearings.
He will also be subjected to drug testing.

He will have to surrender all his
travel documents.

After clearing this hurdle of
satisfying the bail conditions, Banton’s legal team will have to seek bond in
the immigration court. Banton’s entertainment visa was revoked following his
arrest.

The conditions were set as there
were concerns that the artiste may be a flight risk.