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Beenie Man clears cloud over showing up

October 25, 2007

beenie-man-web.jpgBEENIE MAN will be here for the Ultimate Storm show on Saturday, featuring himself and Bounty Killa.

The dancehall star, real name Moses Davis, spoke on radio station 98.1 The One yesterday, emphasising that he would be here and the show was on. He termed the charges against him “ridiculous” and added his lawyers were dealing with the matter.

Questions arose over Davis’ appearance after it was reported in the Press yesterday that a warrant for his immediate arrest had been issued in Jamaica after he failed to appear in court to answer to tax evasion charges on Tuesday. The Revenue Department there said Davis owed JAM$47 million (about BDS $1.32 million).

Public relations officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Inspector Barry Hunte, said a warrant issued in Jamaica was confined to that country and had no bearing on Barbados unless there was an extradition treaty between the two islands.

He said he was unaware of any such treaty and added Davis had not broken any laws in Barbados.

A former top law enforcement officer told the DAILY NATION of an agreement, under which Commonwealth countries “cooperated” if a citizen of one country, wanted by police there, entered another Commonwealth country. He pointed out the arrangement was not as stringent as an extradition treaty.

Acting Commissioner of Police Bertie Hinds, said: “I am not prepared to comment on any aspect of the matter.”

Officials at the Jamaican Consulate said they could not speak on the issue and recommended contacting the Immigration Department but repeated calls to Acting Chief Immigration Officer Marva Farmer were not returned.

Glen Cadogan, a member of Elite Entertainment, the organisation responsible for bringing Davis into the island this weekend along with Bounty Killa, said he had already been contacted by police yesterday morning but declined to comment on that conversation.

Davis and Bounty Killa, real name Rodney Price, have been at “war” for over ten years in Jamaica. While there has never been any physical confrontation between the two, their “crews” have clashed on occasion.

Promoters in Jamaica usually do not feature the two on the same show, unless one artiste appears very early and is given the opportunity to leave the venue before the other appears.

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