September 26 2010 - Nine months after
the arrest of Buju Banton who was said to be
involved in a mega deal concerning cokane,
we're in the weekend after the trial. The
jury has to agree unanimous, and that seems
to be a problem: they talked for two days
and will continue after this weekend.
When Dubroom Message Board member David
Pablo posted "Buju
Busted", it drove the immediate
attention of the Babylon Observer and it's
readers/visitors. Consequently, the news was
on the events was monitored and comments
the trial finally took place last week, an
end was put to all speculations and the case
itself is rather clear: Buju Banton is
innocent of dealing drugs but has put
himself in a lot of trouble as he was,
according to his own words, "talking
crap and tried to impress".
In short: US Gov't assigned an informer
on Buju Banton, with the mission to entrap
him in some kind of predicament.
After a European tour, namely, on a
flight from Spain to Florida, this informer
established contact with Buju Banton and fed
him wine, more wine, with the result that
the two were speaking about cokane deals and
Buju on his side told -indeed- a lot of
crap, according to his own saying just to
"impress" the agent.
This informer, later in the year, took
Buju on a trip to a boat. Being of the
impression that they would have a nice time
on the water or something like that, Buju
was then being confronted with a bag of
cokane and was filmed tasting it.
The informer indeed organized a cokane
deal, but there were two other men who he
was actually dealing with. In the trial, he
admitted to this as well. The other two men
have both signed plea-deals to get shorter
The lawyer of one of them was interviewed
for television (below)
Closer observers could see how Buju
Banton was really a very easy target for the
agent provocateurs, so-called
informers whose job basically is to keep
crime rates high and prisons full. Someones
make good living of the fraudulent "war
on drugs", someones who want to keep
drugs illegal. Simply put a paid informer at
work for $50,000.- and start to boast a
little in a first class plain-travel.
Those who know Dancehall music know that
a huge part of it consists out of boasting
lyrics: if taken literal, all dancehall
artists should be in jail for wanting to
kill each other and much more. This is a
mentality which fits perfectly in what Buju
Banton did "backstage", if you
will. He thought he was taking part in some
kind of DJ contest where the one with the
biggest mouths gain the most respect.
It must be taken into consideration that
the life people like Buju Banton live is far
from that of a "normal" life. He
is probably surrounded by people who need to
big him up all the time, for their own
benefit or not. When you hear all the time
how good you are and all of that, it's
difficult to stay humble.
Hopefully, the jury will see all this.
Nothing worse than a group of people who are
supposed to practice truth-finding rather
than filling pockets and prisons with people
Buju Banton is a high level target of the
homosexual community, there are web logs
cheering over the fact that Buju is in jail.
To them, he's in jail because of his stance
towards the sexual preference of others and
to them, rightfully so.
Will the jury agree with that, or not?
The weekend in which this is written, is
still a time of uncertainty when it comes to
the final verdict of the jury and judge.
Apparently the jury couldn't even agree over
the question as to whether a crime was
committed or not. It was the judge who told
the jury: "A crime was committed, your
task is to decide as to whether Buju Banton
is part of it or not".
That question is easily answered, and
when the jury turns out to declare
guiltiness on Buju's head then the real
guilt will be on the jury's head and the
Real Judge, JAH, will eventually judge the
For now, however, there is still hope for
a good outcome in this time and place...