Friday, March 26, 2010
TAMPA, Florida – A federal prosecutor says claims that Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is being treated inhumanely in jail while awaiting trial on drug charges are "lies."
Attorney David Markus claimed in a motion Monday his client was placed in maximum security because he shared food with another inmate. Markus' claims also included Banton had lost weight because he was denied the vegetarian diet he requires for religious reasons.
Assistant United States Attorney James Preston presented evidence that Banton, born Mark Myrie, has gained 11 pounds.
Banton has been in jail on a drug charge since December.US Magistrate Anthony Porcelli said he would not interfere with jail operations. He said he would not order Banton's release because he believes there's a risk of him fleeing.