THE trial involving Jamaican Reggae artiste, Buju Banton, has been postponed for another week. The trial was set to begin in a Tampa, Florida court next Monday but according to Banton's attorney, David Markus, that date was no longer suitable.
This is the second postponement of the trial which was originally set to begin in March. Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, is accused of intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine at Sarasota in Tampa.
He was arrested at his Tamarac home in South Florida by Federal agents in December last year and has been in custody ever since. The agents claim to have footage showing the artist tasting cocaine in a Federally controlled warehouse.
Last month a US judge refused a request from Markus that Banton be transferred to another facility on the basis that he had lost 40 pounds and was being denied vegetarian meals.
SOURCE: JAMAICA OBSERVER