Popular dancehall/reggae artiste Busy Signal (real name – Glendale Goshia Gordon), who was arrested recently on an extradition warrant to the United States, appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today, where he surprisingly waived his right to an extradition hearing, the only possible means by which he could attempt to prevent the extradition. This means he will be extradited (within a month) to the U.S. to face the charges expressed in his arrest warrant.
This is where it gets interesting. Busy Signal’s high-powered legal team is being led by the highly experienced K.D. Knight, who sought to explain their surprising move today. According to Knight, Busy Signal was arrested on a provisional warrant for ‘absconding bail’, and that the warrant contained no mention of any drug-related charges. Thus, according to Knight, Busy Signal has consented to waiving the extradition hearing and facing the charge of absconding bail, and that any move by U.S. authorities to apply the much-talked-about drug-related charges after he arrives in the U.S., would be a breach the Extradition Treaty between the two countries that would trigger a “diplomatic furore.” By the terms of this treaty, “the subject of an extradition can only be tried for the offence for which he was extradited.“
Note – it is possible that the U.S. authorities may attempt to serve a second warrant (with the drug charges) on Busy Signal via the Jamaican Government, so it’s definitely ‘interesting days ahead’ for this matter.