(CNC3) – Buju Banton’s criminal record does not give him legal access to Trinidad and Tobago because of this country’s immigration laws.
But, if you’re one of the thousands lining up to see him perform on Easter Sunday, don’t let your heart fail as yet.
Minister of National Security, Stuart Young says he is prepared to give Buju an exemption to enter the country so that the concert can go on.
The minister was asked about the issue at today’s post-Cabinet news conference.
“Buju Banton falls foul of our immigration laws in T&T,” Minister Young said.
He told the media that he has asked the organisers of the concert to make an application to the Ministry of National Security and quickly added that he is prepared to respond favourably.
“I am willing to give the application for the concert to go on,” Young said.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was held by US Drug Enforcement Administration agents in December 2009 in Miami, where the U.S. Attorney charged him with conspiracy to distribute and possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine.
On 22 February 2011, Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.
He was released from prison on December 7, 2018.
His “I Am Legend” concert takes place on Sunday April 21st at the Queen’s Park Savannah.