Jamaican dancehall star, Busy Signal, who was extradited to the US over a week ago, has pleaded not guilty to one count of failure to appear in court.
Born Glendale Gordon, Busy Signal entered his plea this week (June 25th) in the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis and was ordered detained.
Busy Signal was detained by authorities in London last month who suspected he was traveling with false documents, including a passport that listed a different name. He was allowed to fly to Kingston, Jamaica, and was arrested at the airport there.
Over a decade ago, the artiste fled the US to avoid a drug trial, however, his past has since caught up with him!
He was charged with two drug counts in 2002, but left Minnesota before his trial. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Gordon’s attorney, Bill Mauzy, said in court that the US doesn’t have jurisdiction to prosecute Gordon on the drug charges.
The cocaine charges still exist, but because of extradition treaties, any future prosecution on those counts would have to be worked out between the Jamaican and US governments.
Meanwhile, Busy Signal’s camp is asking his fans to sign a petition to get his case in front of President Barack Obama, who they are hoping will exonerate the deejay.
His camp wrote:
Glendale Gordon made a bad decision at a very young age and now 10 years later has become an International icon that children and young adults look up to. He served his time already and we now feel that the US Government should acknowledge this and all he has done in the last 10 years to show that he has learned from his mistake. We ask that you review his situation and move forward to grant him exoneration.
Busy Signal needs to 25,000 signatures by July 21st, for it to get seen by Obama. So far, the signatures are less than 2,000/ Do you wish to help?