It’s been nearly three weeks since Buju Banton was transferred to Pinellas County Jail in Tampa Bay. We are happy to report that the General is doing well, despite the horrific circumstances, wisely spending his time meditating, exercising, reading, writing and corresponding with his legal team, led by esteemed criminal defense attorney, David Oscar Markus. Family and friends continue to make sure Buju’s commissary is regularly topped up so he can buy the necessary provisions to maintain and keep up a healthful diet.
As widely reported, in the days following the earthquake in Haiti, Buju swiftly organized the donation of $1,000 and some of his gently used clothing. He sends his love to the entire Haitian massive, especially longtime comrade, friend and collaborator Wyclef Jean, a leader in the local relief efforts, who is also featured on the stirring track “Bedtime Story” from Banton’s Grammy-nominated album Rasta Got Soul (Gargamel Music).
Industry leaders, friends and fans alike have begun pledging monetary support for Buju Banton’s Defense. Banton’s lawyer, Mr. Markus has now set up a separate fund to accommodate donations from the public:
Bank Name: CitiBank, NA – Branch 43
Bank Address: 1600 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145
Account Name: David Oscar Markus, PLLC (Defense Fund For Buju Banton)
Account Number: 9117138666
Routing Number: 266086554
Swift Code: CITIUS33
HAIL UP THE GENERAL
Fans can write letters of support to the General at Pinellas County Jail:
Mark Anthony Myrie – Docket # 1387202
Pinellas County Jail
14400 49th Street North
Clearwater, Florida 33762-2877
Buju and the Gargamel family would like to send a special shout out to all of the artists who have shown their support through music: Anthony B – “Free Up The General” (Truck Back Records), Coco Tea – “Buju” (Roaring Lion), Sizzla – “Free Buju” (Exclusive)… Extra special thanks to all the club and radio DJs around the world who continue to make sure the Voice of Jamaica is heard.