Another delay in Buju’s trial

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The retrial of international reggae singer Buju Banton is being delayed until February at the defense’s request.

Buju's defense attorneys are reported to have said that the singer hopes to make bail for the holidays.

In addition, a December trial date reportedly would have been bad for the defense attorney and witnesses.

The government did not oppose the delay.

Last Wednesday, a judge set new bail conditions for the entertainer which included a US$300,000 bond secured by the Miami-Dade County home of Stephen Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.

A security company must also post a separate US$25,000 bond to keep Buju on house arrest at his home in Tamarac, Florida; fit him with a GPS monitor and install new locks and an alarm system at his house.

Buju would not get the keys or the alarm code.

Buju, whose real name is Mark Myrie, 37, is charged with conspiracy to possess five kilograms, or 11 pounds of cocaine, with intent to distribute.

His first trial ended in a mistrial in September.