Prime Minister Barrow Shyne
BELIZE’S PRIME Minister, whose rapper son spent 10 years in jail over a shoot out at a club he attended with P. Diddy and then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, has asked US authorities not to deport him.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the plea on behalf his son, rapper Jamal 'Shyne' Barrow, in a letter to US Governor of New York David Paterson.
In 2001, Shyne was convicted on two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession over his role in the 1999 shoot-out at Manhattan’s Club New York.
Shyne, who converted to Judaism and changed his name to Moses Michael Levy in jail, was released from Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York recently after serving his 10-year sentence.
But he was taken to a federal immigration detention centre while immigration officials decide whether to send him back to Belize, caribbeannew360.com reported.
The US usually deports non-citizens who commit crime but the rapper is fighting the deportation.
Prime Minister Barrow told local news reporters: “…It is clear that he wants to stay in the Stares where he might continue his career. So I wrote in terms of petition for a kind of pardon that would allow him to stay,” Barrow said.
=====================Shyne is Getting Deported
It's as though some people never catch a good break and rapper Shyne is one who can testify to that. After serving close to a decade for the state, it is now official that he will be deported back to Belize.
As a close friend of the rapper, Angie Martinez was able to brief fans on the situation and provide a rundown as to what the current situation is with Po, according to Miss Info.
Shyne's team is fighting to stay in the US where his mother and his grandmother live and where they raised him….but it seems like he's going to have to continue the fight from Belize. Shyne will be released from Immigration custody but will then be deported to Belize soon. He has Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree advocating on his behalf in concert with his legal team.
They're still urging fans to reach out to Governor Patterson's office to petition for Shyne's pardon but deportation is eminent.
One would be under the influence that the reborn Moses Michael Leviy, that's Shyne folks, would be under plenty of added pressure and stress now that his departure has basically been guaranteed. Martinez assures those, however, that the New York native is finding a means to deal with his emerging predicament.
“Shyne is one of the strongest people I know and he's handling this situation just as I'd expect him to. It must be frustrating for all of his friends and family; he served his time, and keeps getting all these different dates and conflicting information. But he's a soldier, he's dealing with it.”
As previously reported, the rapper was originally scheduled for release on October 6, but was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement where it would be determined if he would be deported back to Belize, where he was originally born.
Fellow rapper Raekwon spoke on the circumstances of Shyne's deportation recently on his IceWater Vlog stating that Po only did what he felt was best to ensure that he provided for his own. By remaining in the States, it might have been the smartest decision to ensure that food remained on the table so it is wrong to deter a man from supporting his family.
It looks like another win for the country, but another loss for the actual citizens that keep the country moving. Who would have thought that a person that was raised here since he was a child would be considered an alien to the States? Chances are that if the shooting never happened, it wouldn't have mattered.
Maybe the Land of the Free wasn't meant to include Shyne Po.