Will Buju Banton make bail before December trial?

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Will Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton make bail before his December trial?

The judge in the case has expressed his reservations following the prosecutors being given more time to appeal the judgment of the Florida court and the need for the entertainer to appear in front of an immigration judge.



Prosecutors have five days to appeal the judgment of the court, which has said Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, should be allowed to put his house up as bond for Buju, whose given name is Mark Myrie.



The court ruled yesterday that Marley, who was attempting to replace Buju's friend, Joseph Chavalier, as co-signer to the bond should be accepted.



Buju's lawyer, David Markus, also put forward two security companies which would ensure the entertainers house arrest is upheld. That submission was also accepted by the court.



It became necessary fo r Marley to replace Chavalier after it came to light that the value of the latter's home could not cover the US$250,000 bond.

Marley and his wife, Kertia DeCosta Marley, have US$350,000 equity in their home.

Porcelli also set new conditions for Buju's bail.



A security company must also put up a separate US$25,000 bond, to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, South Florida, fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house. Buju is not to be provided with the keys or the alarm code.


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