Dancehall fraternity bats for Buju

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Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 12:30 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Members of Jamaica’s entertainment fraternity today responded positively to news that gun charges against imprisoned reggae entertainer Mark ‘Buju Banton’ Myrie were dropped.

“We really happy to hear about the development in the case and continue to hope for the best where he is concerned,” said Uton Green, an entertainer based at Red Hills Road in St Andrew.

He was supported by well-known DJ Nitty Kutchie.

“Really hoping for the best for Buju Banton,” said the DJ, a former member of the popular 1990s group Scare Dem Crew.

Another Dancehall DJ, Anaconda, shared similar sentiments.

“Me really happy to hear say one of charge against the artiste was dropped, we praying for him,” he said.

The entertainers were joined by several other people wishing the best for the “Till Shiloah” singer.

“I believe this is one step forward in the entertainer’s struggle to be free,” said Mark Smith in the Papine square.

Meanwhile, Buju’s attorney, Kwame Lumumba, said that he was mulling the possibility of filing an appeal to have the artiste’s 10-year drug conviction overturned.

A judge on Wednesday overturned Buju’s gun conviction on the basis of a revelation to the US media by jury foreman Teri Wright.

Wright had defied the judge’s orders at the start of the trial that no juror should study or research any aspect of the law as it related to the entertainer’s trial for drug offences.

- Kimmo Matthews

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