Sunday 29 November, 2020

Young: Buju Banton must apply for exemption to enter T&T

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young said that because of Buju Banton’s criminal history he will need to apply for special permission to enter Trinidad and Tobago.

Speaking at Thursday’s post-Cabinet briefing, Young said however that he is prepared to issue the exemption in order for Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, to perform.

“That is squarely on my desk. Buju Banton falls foul of our immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago. I have asked that it be conveyed to the organisers of the concert that they need to make an application to the minister…I can say at this stage I am prepared to give an exemption,” he 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.

Banton was released from prison in the US on December 7, 2018, after being convicted of drug trafficking in 2011.

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