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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Unsuitable tape dropped at court docket for Ele’s false declaration case

Dancehall artiste Elephant Man, who reportedly lied to immigration authorities about his journey to Belgium, which was on then on an inventory of  nations for which Jamaica had imposed journey bans, is to  return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Courtroom on Could 12.

A point out date was set for final Wednesday, and the entertainer appeared in court docket along with his lawyer, Christopher Townsend.

The lawyer disclosed that he requested to see a tape of what transpired within the immigration corridor on Elephant Man’s arrival from Europe over a yr in the past, just for the prosecution to show up with the fallacious tape.

“We now have been asking for the videotape for the longest whereas and due to the size of time, we turned suspicious that we may have been introduced with a doctored tape. Now, after a yr, they gave us the tape of a retailer, which seems like a pharmacy. How on earth do they make that mistake? The subsequent factor they… (may) inform us is that it could possibly now not be extracted,” an exasperated Townsend advised Loop Information.

The entertainer, who was christened Oneal Bryan, is going through costs of constructing a false declaration and false volunteer declaration.

It’s alleged that he violated Jamaica’s Immigration Act, particularly Part 8 (5) which stipulates that arrivals in Jamaica should make a truthful declaration to immigration officers about their current journey historical past.

He’s charged together with Kevin Shields, a disc jockey who was travelling with him on the time of the incident.

Townsend stated he stays suspicious of the prosecution’s actions or the dearth of it on the availability of the video.

“We requested for the tape throughout the prescribed time, and it has been over a yr. How should we think about the judicial system? The prosecutor gave the endeavor to get the proper tape by the subsequent court docket date, however we’re much more suspicious now as a result of our worst expectations, our nightmare, is coming by, and so stated, so completed, as a result of they produced the fallacious tape,” he stated.

Bail for each accused had been prolonged.

Based on the allegations, on March 20 final yr, Bryan arrived on the Sangster Worldwide Airport in Montego Bay, St James and did not declare on the immigration and customs kind that he had visited Brussels in Belgium.

Because of this, on March 23, summonses had been ready for breaches of the Immigration (Restriction of Commonwealth Residents) and Perjury Acts and served on Bryan. Related summonses had been ready and served on Shields.

Shields is being represented by lawyer Russell Stewart.

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