Buju Banton Advocates Launch A Letter Writing Campaign To U.S. Attorney General

In a consolidated effort to bring even more attention to the flimsy Federal charges being wielded against the international reggae music icon, Buju Banton‘s supporters have kicked off an official letter writing campaign to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. The goal is to ensure the government is keenly aware that the public is monitoring this case closely. Below is a copy of the sample letter being circulated:

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I am writing to ask for your intervention with respect to a grave injustice against Grammy-nominated reggae music icon Buju Banton (legal name Mark Anthony Myrie). The incarceration of this legendary musician without bail is unconscionable.  He is currently incarcerated in the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater, Florida while he awaits trial on drug conspiracy charges in the Middle District of Florida for which he has pleaded not guilty. The charges are a result of information provided by a professional informant who relentlessly pursued Mr. Myrie for six months to participate in a drug deal.

In our great system of justice the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Therefore, persons accused of crime are entitled to bail. Mr. Myrie meets all of the requirements for bail, yet it has not been granted. In addition, his trial has been postponed three times despite his attorney’s objections.

The professional informant in Mr. Myrie’s case is a convicted drug trafficker from Colombia. This convicted felon has been granted legal immigration status and to date has earned over three million American dollars (tax-free) for serving as an informant to various U.S. government agencies. Taxpayer dollars certainly could be spent more effectively than on trying to entrap individuals who have no previous criminal record and have never been involved with drugs in any manner.  Is the Federal government presently in the business of creating criminals?

Mr. Myrie, a.k.a. Buju Banton, produces uplifting, positive music comparable to the music of Bob Marley.  His work inspires people worldwide. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award, the highest achievement in his field, four times since 1999.  He is one of the leading voices of his generation, shedding light on such issues as the unrelenting violence and abject poverty pervasive in the Third World.

Banton has also represented his country in performances at the Summer Olympics in Greece in 2004 and at the Cricket World Cup Opening in 2007.  Buju commemorated Jamaica’s support for President Obama by appearing in rock legend Dave Stewart’s music video for “American Prayer,” a moving tribute to the President.  Additionally, Buju is a family man, an employer and a generous philanthropist.

Given Buju Banton’s exemplary reputation, his humanitarian efforts and his cultural contributions to society, he should not be languishing in jail at U.S. taxpayers’ expense.  I urge you to do whatever possible to end this injustice.

Organizers of the Buju Banton Letter Writing Campaign are encouraging friends, fans and supporters worldwide to print out this letter — or write a version of their own, sign and mail it directly to Attorney General Holder at the following address:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530-0001


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17 responses to “Buju Banton Advocates Launch A Letter Writing Campaign To U.S. Attorney General

  1. JAHTAFARI

    I’M NOT AMERICAN BUT I’m white and I cry everyday not only for MARK MYRIE but for the next generations that they will be lost without a fair law system, I beg for a light appeal sentence for BUJU!!!!

  2. Passionette

    Buju: I cry everyday for you… not a day go by without me thinking about you. I will continue to pray for your release. Keep the faith and pray to Jehovah because he will never leave you nor forsake you.

  3. judah-mubaya

    They are trying to bring you down, Buju. We all know it’s not about drugs but about their own abominations here on earth. America, you must be ashamed of yourself. Stop this type of injustice! They did this to Nelson Mandela, but this day they brand him a hero. America, the world is watching you. There is no second class citizen on this earth. These things will come back on you. We stand by you, Buju. We are with you in our prayers. God will intervene and he will set you free!

  4. Arlene

    Dear Buju,

    You sang “Our Father who art in Zion hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come on earth thy will be done on earth all the way.” We all know that you are innocent. But it’s the ways of the wicked to see you go down… Rise up, Gargamel. Your day in court will show the iniquity workers that you are innocent and you must prevail.

    Love and blessings all the way.

  5. Kristina

    Buju,

    You touched my life in so many ways. Be well and be free of all that you need no part of soon. I wish I could undo things that have happened to you.

    K

  6. Dear Buju,

    I have 3 sons so I have to love you and others. Jesus, they killed him for nothing… Psalm 91 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high God shall abide under the shadow of the almighty. I will say of the Lord he his my refuge and my fortress. My God, in him will I trust.”

    You know you are innocent. Please don’t give up or give in. If God is for you no one can be against you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.

    In my heart I know you are a good person. You don’t think yourself as being higher than anyone else. I’ve watched you from you was a teenager. My baby son his 34 and I have never heard of or seen you in trouble. I cried when I heard about you been locked up. But God will vindicate you. Just be strong.

    My sons love you so do I even though I am not a party person. I love you with the Love of GOD. We love you and are praying for you.

    The Dean & Jackson Family

  7. Jason Bailey

    I personally nuh have a ting fi seh to babylon and its system. But to who travel there: trod carefully. Buju mek mi remind u, bredda, even if dem nuh have none ‘memba Rasta Got Soul. Blessed love, mi bredda.

  8. Toni Koivisto

    UNCHAINED SPIRIT WILL WIN!

  9. patrice stewart

    Have you read David Rowe’s comments dated July 13, on Irie Fm (www.iriefm.net)?

    It is obvious to all that David Rowe seeks to acquire some recognition from Buju Banton’s case. First of all, Happy Earthday to Mark Anthony Myrie (Buju Banton)… Now to you David Rowe, it is a known fact whose side you are on. STOP YOUR WICKED AND NEGATIVE COMMENTS! You do not like Buju and your aim is to permanently destroy his life. Buju has a highly prominent, respected, reputable and qualified attorney, Mr. David Oscar Markus, who knows for a fact that he is not guilty and will present his case as that.

    We know that Buju was setup, entrapped by his enemies. Mark Anthony Myrie (Buju) is a prophet and a living legend. David Rowe, go look for your fame elsewhere! Your career is dormant and you are seeking fame. Go advise your clients, if you still have any. Buju’s attorney will advise him. Buju Banton, we love you! It is not an easy road; however, we will walk with you every step of the way. Yes indeed, the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory!

    Jah Bless Buju Banton… I LOVE YOU ALWAYS!

    I encourage everyone to send out that letter to the Attorney General. I have mailed mine. Buju needs us now. Together we will WIN THIS TRIAL.

  10. Freda Randolph

    Done.

  11. Tunde Saliu

    Yes! This will bring the attorney general’s full attention to this injustice against Mr. Mark Myrie whose trial should have started months ago, but has been postponed twice by a judge without stating a reason. You accuse him of a crime and now you don’t give him a chance to defend himself. It’s total injustice. I (along with lots of other reasonable people) think that this is blatant entrapment, just as his lawyer has stated.

    Now they don’t want the trial to begin in court ‘cos the allegations are false. We will not be quiet, we are coming all out, our voice (one voice) shall be heard. Buju shall get justice and be a free man… Praises to the Most High who sitteth up above. HIM love fah Buju cyaa dun…

  12. AllTruth1

    Greetings To Buju,

    Man, I love you like my brother and keep praying to The Most High for your deliverance from prison. I believe that my prayers are not passing through deaf ears, as our father hears all things, especially pertaining to his children, imperfect ones and all.

    Yes, without hestitation, I’ll print this letter and mail it to the Attorney General of the US.

    Please, continue to grow spiritually, Buju, as this is a test for the great testimony you’ll have upon your release, with triumphant music. Sing in your heart, as we sing your songs, brotherman.

    Blessing, Love & Peace!

  13. Monique Y. Heath

    Buju Banton is a spiritual man who is genuine and straight from the heart. To know this man is to love him. I truly believe he was entrapped. This man cares about people, about life and most importantly, he cares about the future of the youths. There is no way that you can believe that he would deal in drugs. Look at what he stands for. He is human and as a man he is entitled to his mistakes, like everyone else. But the charges brought against him are fabricated by his enemies.

    Mark Anthony Myrie is an innocent man and is suffering at the hands of the United States Judicial System, where every man is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Are we to believe that he is being denied bail because he is a flight risk? Where could he possibly go without being recognized? Mark, we love you and we will not stop fighting for your freedom. Blessed love, King.

  14. First of all Mr. Myrie is a rasta man. He leads a righteous life due to his religious belief, which is rastafarian and rastafarian’s do not use cocaine. He was totally set up because he is a black, Jamaican man with rastafarian beliefs. American law enforcement and the government will do whatever they can to prosecute someone who is from Jamaica, especially a world renown artist who happens to be a rasta man.

    In 2010, we still live in a prejudiced world with people in high positions that want to persecute a man just because he happens to live in a country that is known for ganja and reggae music! Free Mark Myrie Now!!!

  15. PAMELA BLUMENKAMP

    Yes, this is a total injustice… Of all the coke sniffin’ music artists out there, Mark is NOT one of them. Is the government trying to get blood from a ROCK??? Buju warriors are much too strong to allow that. Do they want his money??? Probably, but it ain’t gonna stop him! What do they hope to achieve by this? Set an example? The only example being set here is how stupid America can be… How greedy people can be… And how they think they can get away with it.

    Don’t worry Florida, what goes around will surely come back around to you, sayeth the Lord! Reap what you sow, surely. Free Mark Myrie Today! What are you afraid of?

  16. medspear

    It’s difficult to accept this. Buju is a responsible guy to start with; he’s 100% not guilty. And this is injustice, corruption, manipulation, formulation, inequality! It’s a real man a man setup, if you analyze the whole thing. Judge the man or free the man! Let these people listen to Buju’s tunes carefully and they will know the type of person he is. The guy is a full time icon. They can take away everything Buju, but they can’t take away his ideas. Destiny can be delayed but it can never be changed. I respect and rate Buju. Large up, Gargamel. Be strong Mr. Myrie, God will find a way. I’ll always love you, ’til death.

    • Hi Buju… One love, one heart, one destiny. You are chosen; God will never let you bear what is unnecessary for you to bear. You say if you have to feed on crackers and water you couldn’t sell out to what they have to offer. Not many can talk like that because nuff of them sellout already! Remember, David slew Goliath…

      Hello Buju, I am Peter’s big daughter, Tramaine campbell. I would like to tell you that Peter plays your songs almost everyday and he thinks that you are very emotional in your songs (meaning: in your songs you mean what u say and the words that you sing are strong). I have heard some artists sing songs and the songs they sing mean NOTHING! So keep up the good work. My favorite song of yours truly is ”Lights Out.” It is a very emotional song; It shows spiritual feeling. Keep up the excellent and awesome work.

      Hello Buju! This is Peter’s second daughter, Kaydian Campbell. Your songs are really powerful. My favorite of yours truly is ”African Pride.” I am 7 years of age and “African Pride” is very uplifting to me. My dad takes us to school every morning and plays your songs. I took time out to say this because I am a huge fan.

      Hello Buju… my name is Troy Campbell, I am 4 years of age and I love your music. My favorite songs are ”Our Father In Zion” & “Driver A.” We are all huge fans of your work and our wish is to meet you someday and to sit down with you and get more inspiration. We all know that you are going to be free soon because we all believe in your innocence. We love you and we are praying for you.

      Love,

      The Campbell Family

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