It's now an easy road - Buju gets official clearance into T&T

National Security Minister Stuart Young, has approved the entry into Trinidad and Tobago of entertainers, Buju Banton, Wayne Wonder and Luciano ahead of Sunday's "I Am Legend" concert.

The approval is for the period April 19 to 22, 2019.

The statement from the Ministry of National Security said that it is to facilitate the trio’s performance in the concert at the Queen’s Park Savannah on April 21.

Two weeks ago, Minister Young told the media that Buju Banton "falls foul" of this country's immigration laws but said that he was prepared to give Buju an exemption to enter the country so that the concert can go on.

He had told the media that he had asked the organisers of the concert to make an application to the Ministry of National Security and quickly added that he is prepared to respond favourably.

"I am willing to give the application for the concert to go on," Young 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.

On 22 February 2011, Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using communication wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense. 

He was released from prison on December 7, 2018.

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