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Busy denied bail

By PAUL HENRY Crime/court co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, May 24, 2012 | 10:59 AM    

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DANCEHALL artiste Busy Signal was denied bail when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning.

Resident Magistrate Stephanie Haisley said Busy — who is facing extradition to the United States — is a fugitive from justice and she had to take that into consideration.

Dressed in full black, a handcuffed Busy was greeted by a throng of supporters who showed up at the court house.

The popular entertainer, real name Glendale Goshia Gordon, was arrested Monday by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston as he disembarked a flight after being deported from the United Kingdom.

The Americans have accused Busy, who was a resident alien, of fleeing that country in 2002 before he could be sentenced on a cocaine charge in October that year.

Police said the artiste had been under surveillance for several years.

Busy is to return to court June 6.

If he is extradited, he will be first high-profile Jamaican to be surrendered to the US authorities in the two years since former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured and sent to New York on drug-related charges.

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