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Buju Banton Requested Absence From Trial

Internationally acclaimed Reggae artiste, Buju Banton wants no part of his next scheduled court appearance as he plans to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing. On October 30, Buju Banton faces a sentencing hearing in a Florida courtroom in relation to federal drug and gun charges stemming from his initial 2009 arrest. Buju issued an appeal to overturn his conviction and subsequent 10-year sentence on drug charges earlier this summer but was denied. As a result, a previous gun charge, which was tossed out during his trial in February 2011 was reinstated, thus sparking the possibility that Buju may face another five years in prison. After a request for a new trial fell through, Buju Banton could be facing even more dire straits. Now, the embattled Reggae star hopes to skip his upcoming sentencing hearing after a member of his new legal team, Ihmotep Alkebu-lan intimated that his client formally requesting that he be absent from the hearing.

"He has asked not to be transported from prison to the court for the sentencing," Alkebu-lan told the Jamaica Observer.

Buju Banton will have to sweat an upcoming court ruling before he’ll know whether or not he won’t have to attend the sentencing hearing.

Buju recently changed lawyers after dropping long-time attorney, David Oscar Markus in favor of Chokwe Lumumba, a civil rights activist who formerly represented late, great rap legend, Tupac Shakur.

SOURCE: The Examiner

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