by Jodee Brown
It remains unknown when embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Busy Signal will be officially extradited to the United States despite several reports that he could be handed over the North American country’s law enforcement officials this week.
Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendale Gordon waived his rights to an extradition hearing during a court appearance on May 24 after initially being denied bail. As a result, speculation has mounted regarding exactly when the prominent singjay will be handed over the American officials.
However, several reports surfaced on Monday that Busy Signal would be handed over to U.S. officials later this week and that a surrender warrant has been sent to and signed by Jamaica’s Justice Minister, Mark Golding, thus permitting the artiste’s extradition.
However, on Tuesday, Golding refused to acknowledge whether or not such documentation has been signed; intimating that given the sensitive nature of extraditions case, it would be inappropriate of him to comment on the matter.
Busy Signal’s lawyer and the Queen’s Counsel, K.D. Knight confirmed that his client remains in Jamaica but has not commented further regarding the case.
Busy Signal was arrested on May 21 at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after he was deported from the United Kingdom. He had been on tour in the Netherlands during that week but had to cut short his tour upon hearing that he was wanted by U.S. officials.
Busy Signal faces an impending trial for a charge of absconding bail in relation to a 2002 case in Minnesota. The singjay is also said to be wanted on several drug charges in the U.S., but reportedly cannot be tried on those charges given that they were not the subject matter with regards to this extradition request.