News: Shyne's Father Speaks On His Return, "It Will Take Some Time For Him To Recover"
Friday, Oct 30, 2009 3:05PM
Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow's father, Prime Minster Dean Barrow, has spoken on his son's deportation to Belize and shared his initial reaction to seeing him after nearly nine years behind bars.
Mr. Barrow feels his son will need ample time to rest before making a move back into the rap spotlight.
"When I saw him yesterday I really was stunned," Barrow said in an interview. "You don't go to jail for that period of time without it obviously exacting a huge toll on you but I really was shocked to see what it had physically done to him and clearly it will take some time for him to be able to recover from that experience. Not having gone through it myself, I don't know whether anyone is ever able to recover. But it was wonderful to see that he is free at last and good to have him in Belize. Although he appeared physically frail, it was obvious that he is mentally as strong as ever and certainly kept talking to me about what his presence here at home could mean for this country, what opportunities he could cause us to be able to, he could create for us." (7 News Belize)
A detailed account of his arrival into Belize landed online today (October 30).
Shyne, the son of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, was greeted by his father, uncle Michael Finnigan, who is also the island`s Minister of Housing, his mother Imeon Myvett, his brother Anwar, other relatives, several curious Belizeans, and the press corps upon his arrival late Wednesday. Moses Michael Levy, a name he adopted in prison after he changed his religion from Christianity to Judaism, then journeyed to the Princess Royal Youth Hostel where he spend more than an hour chatting with delinquent youth who live there. (Carribean World News)
Shyne was deported to Belize on Wednesday.
Barrow arrived in Belize at 2:40 pm local time on a Continental flight from Houston escorted by a U.S. Marshall following his deportation from the U.S. after serving almost nine years in a New York penitentiary for his role in a nightclub shooting in New York city. The rapper was processed by local police authorities at the airport's V.I.P. lounge after which he was welcomed by his father Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize, his mother Imeon Myvett and other members of his family and well wishers. Shyne arrived wearing a Harvard Law School sweatshirt, a full head of hair, headphones wrapped around his neck and sporting tzitzis reflecting his conversion to Judaism while in jail. he government closed down the airport's public waving gallery and attempted to prevent the local media from covering his arrival but enterprising T.V. cameramen managed to get some footage through a chain link fence of Shyne entering the V.I.P. lounge and later exiting the airport. (Belizean News)
After weeks of being detained, details on when he would be deported were released last week.
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 David Patterson's office to petition for Shyne's pardon, but deportation is imminent. (Miss Info TV)
Check out Rakim speaking with SOHH about Shyne below: