Trinidad Guardian:– National Security Minister Stuart Young says Jamaica’s dancehall and reggae star Buju Banton will be the green light to enter the country for his much-anticipated “Redemption” concert scheduled next Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Banton, who real name Mark Myrie, was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2011 prison after he was convicted in the United States of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute.
Banton did not serve his full term was released from jail last December.
This country’s immigration laws bar anyone from entering the country if they have a criminal record.
At Thursday’s post-Cabinet media briefing, Young was asked if Banton will be allowed to perform in Trinidad in light of his criminal record.
He said the matter was on his desk.
“Buju Banton falls foul of our immigration laws in Trinidad and Tobago.”
Young said he asked that a message be conveyed to the organisers of Banton’s concert “that they need to make an application to the Minister of National Security for an exemption.”
Young said at this stage he was prepared to give such an exemption.
During a Public Accounts Committee meeting on Wednesday, National Carnival Commission chairman Winston Gypsy Peters said approximately 2,000 foreigners had already purchased tickets for Banton’s concert.