Posted on 26 June 2012.
Embattled Dancehall/Reggae entertainer, Glendale Gordon, more popularly known as Busy Signal, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of absconding bail in his ongoing case in the United States.
The internationally acclaimed singjay answered to the charge of failing to appear in court during a hearing on Monday in Minnesota before the presiding judge ordered him detained, pending trial. Said charge stems from an accusation that Busy Signal fled the United States in 2002 so he could avoid an upcoming drug trial.
According to assistant U.S. attorney, Andrew Dunn, Busy Signal fled before his trial was set to begin in Minnesota, making him a fugitive for the past decade. The prominent artiste had been slapped with a pair of charges related to cocaine trafficking in February 2002.
Should Busy Signal be convicted on the count of absconding bail, he could face up to five years in prison.
This news comes a month after Busy was detained by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after being deported from the United Kingdom, where he was initially arrested after being suspected of using false documentation.
Two days after his arrest in Jamaica, the Kingston Town singer waived his rights to challenge his extradition to the U.S. in order to fight the charge of failing to appear in court.
Though the cocaine charges remain active, the extradition request for Busy Signal only pertained to the accusation of absconding bail. Should American law enforcement officials want to prosecute Busy Signal on the drug-related charges, the U.S. and Jamaican governments would have to work out those terms as a result of treaties in place between both countries.
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Posted on 20 June 2012.
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall/Reggae megastar, Busy Signal has officially been extradited to the United States as he prepares to face criminal charges in the state of Minnesota.
The prominent singjay, whose real name is Glendale Gordon was under heavy police custody on Tuesday as he was accompanied by a group of U.S. Marshals who had arrived in Jamaica a day prior. The highly acclaimed entertainer was shielded from the media before the official execution of his extradition shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday morning as he entered a private plane at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston which would carry him to Minnesota.
Busy Signal faces accusations of absconding bail in relation to a 2002 narcotics charge he faced in Minnesota. Though the singjay is reportedly wanted on several drug charges in the U.S., the nature of this extradition request regarded the charge of absconding bail only.
Late last month, Busy Signal waved his rights to fight extradition to the United States as he prepares to fight the aforementioned charge.
In the meantime, Busy Signal has kept to his promise of releasing new material while in custody as he recently unveiled a collaborative effort with Grammy-winning Reggae megastar, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley entitled Kingston Town (Remix). His most recent studio effort, Reggae Music Again continues to perform well on local and international charts as a track from the compilation dubbed Come Over currently hold the top spot on the New York Top 30 Reggae Chart.
Additionally, Busy Signal teamed with award-winning American rock band, No Doubt on the single, Push and Shove which will feature on the group’s upcoming studio album which will be unveiled this September.
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Posted on 24 May 2012.
Embattled Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Busy Signal will soon face a United States courtroom after officially waiving his rights in his extradition case.
On Thursday morning, Busy Signal was denied bail when he appeared in the Half Way Tree Resident Magistrates Court in Kingston alongside his attorney and the Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight. Presiding Resident Magistrate, Stephanie Jackson Haisley made the decision following a bail application made on the artiste’s behalf by Knight. He was then ordered to return to court on June 6 when the case will again be mentioned.
However, Busy Signal quickly turned heads when he agreed to waive his rights to fight extradition and will surrender to American authorities next month. The singjay will then stand trial in the U.S. for absconding bail while awaiting a 2002 ruling in a drug case in the country.
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