Buju’s trial postponed

Popular Jamaican entertainer Buju Banton, who has been in a Florida jail awaiting trial on drug charges since last December, will have to wait a bit longer to know his fate.

Mark ‘Buju’ Myrie and two other men are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Buju’s trial has now been re-scheduled to September.

According to the Tampa Tribune newspaper, District Judge James Moody moved the trial without giving a reason.

This is the third time the trial has been put off.

It was originally set for March but was push back to April 19 and again postponed until June 21.

This is a setback for Buju and his legal team, which is led by David Markus, a high-profile Miami lawyer.

The new development has reportedly angered Banton’s attorney who argues that the latest date change is costly for the defence, which will have to re-arrange travel plans for witnesses.

Mr. Markus has also said the date change violates the Speedy Trial Act which requires a defendant’s trial to start within 70 days of them being arrested.

However, the judge over-ruled Markus’ objections.

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