Jun 21, 2012
Buju Banton..cemented in jail for 10 years
KINGSTON(RJR): Jailed dancehall entertainer, Buju Banton, has lost his appeal to overturn his ten-year prison sentence in the United States.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit today dismissed the appeal of the entertainer.
However, the Appeal Court argues that US district court is to decide on Buju's motion for a new trial.
Buju Banton whose given name is Mark Myrie was sentenced to ten years in prison following his February conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges in the US.
In his appeal, Buju argued that the US government did not establish that he was part of a drug conspiracy because there was never an agreement in place and mere presence to a drug deal is insufficient to sustain a conviction.
Buju also argued that his conviction should be overturned because Alexander Johnson, the government confidential informant, pursued him to engage in drug dealings over a six month period, which constituted entrapment as a matter of law.
However, this did no convince the US Appeals Court which ruled that there was nothing to reverse the guilty verdict against the Jamaican artiste.
The Appeal Court however stated that it would not touch Buju's motion for a new trial.
It says the District Court should decide on that.