Possible out-of-court settlement for dancehall artiste Tommy Lee

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tommy-lee-photo-11.jpgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) - Attorney General Levi Peter Tuesday said it is likely an out of court settlement will be reached regarding the deportation of Jamaican dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta last year.

Lee, whose real name is Leroy Russell, and three others - Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace - were deported one day after they arrived here to perform at a show in February.

"Hopefully there will be more to say over the next couple weeks but there is communication between us," Peter told a news conference, adding "there isn't a settlement but obviously as I indicated previously if it appears right from the discussion between us the matter should be settled amicably that is to say outside of the court that's what will happen because commonsense sometimes has to prevail.

"Hopefully there will be more to say over the next week or couple weeks," he added.

Lee has threatened to take the matter to the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) saying his removal from Dominica was a breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement, CARICOM, and the free movement of skilled workers across the Community.

Earlier this month, Jamaica's Deputy Solicitor General and Director, International Affairs Division, Dr Kathy- Ann Brown, indicated that Roseau was seeking a friendly resolution to the matter. Police had detained the deejay and members of his group when they arrived on a private jet to perform in Portsmouth in February last year.

The Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had been calling for a boycott of the concert featuring Sparta, who it claimed glorifies Satan during his performances.