News: UPDATE: Shyne Still Detained, "All The Lawyers Who Were Dealing W/ His Immigation Problems Are Off The Case"

Monday, Oct 19, 2009 2:30PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is reportedly still being detained by United States immigration officials and has had his lawyers on the case removed.

According to the rapper's uncle, Michael Finnegan, Shyne is still being detained.

"All the lawyers who were dealing with his immigration problems, they are totally off the case now," he revealed in an interview. "The matter is placed squarely in the hands of Professor Ogletree. All legal options or legal directions or whatever the case may be in terms of legal movements, these are now in the hands of Professor Ogletree. He has stepped in totally, he was given permission to deal with the situation in all its aspects. Jamaal's father who is the Prime Minister [of Belize] is one of the best attorneys in this country and I would want to believe he has total confidence in Ogletree, and I believe the family knows what it is doing." (Belizean)

Details on his current status have also landed online.

Reports in local Belize media say that Rapper "Shyne" Barrow is now detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in New York by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as lawyers fight to resist his deportation to Belize where he was born and raised. Local Belize T.V. stations quote Jamal's lead attorney Oscar Michelen as saying that the former Bad Boy rapper's fate will be decided this week. Shyne Barrow was born and raised in Belize and is the love child of current Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow from who he is estranged. (Belize)

Shyne's father, Dean Barrow, has reportedly requested New York Governor David Paterson for a pardon to avoid his son from being deported to Belize.

Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow, the father of former Bad Boy rapper Shyne, has reportedly written to New York Governor David Paterson asking him to pardon his son so that he is not deported back to the Belize - the country of his birth. Dean Barrow revealed to The Belizean that he sought help from Charles Ogletree - Harvard law professor and a member of President Barack Obama's inner circle to assist Shyne in resisting deportation to Belize. The prime minister told reporters he wrote the letter to the New York governor at the request of Professor Ogletree. (Six Shot)

Finnegan recently said the rapper may be deported back to his country of origin.

"He has been released from the prison and he is being attended to or being held by the immigration authorities," Finnegan said in an interview. "The matter will be dealt with by a well known immigration lawyer and he is being supported by Professor Overtree, you know the guy that was connected to the Barack Obama campaign, well known professor, and as I understand from them while I was there yesterday, the process would want to appear to be looking kind of positive. But as a family we are not over, we don't want to be too confident because any number can play once you're dealing with court matters." (7 News Belize)

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