News: UPDATE: Shyne's Father Speaks Out, Requests NY Governor Paterson For Pardon

Saturday, Oct 10, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

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.

According to reports, Barrow has sent a written request to Paterson's attention.

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)

Shyne's uncle, Michael Finnegan, recently said the rapper may be deported back to his country of origin, Belize.

"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)

Shyne's laywer, Oscar Michelen, also gave an update on his status a day after being released from prison.

Michelen stated that Shyne wants to remain in the U.S.A. and his family has hired immigration lawyers in New York to try and ensure that he remains there. Shyne reportedly has a "green card", or permanent residence in the U.S. but never acquired U.S. nationality. (Belizean)

Although remaining relatively mum, Shyne has released a statement saying he has not spoken with former associate Diddy.

"I want it known that this supposed conversation is a figment of Sean Combs' imagination," he says in a statement. "He never spoke with me, he never visited me nor would I ever accept a phone call or visit from him. The only way I would do either of those things would be if he stepped up and did the right thing for the victims of the incident." (Rolling Stone)

Check out Diddy speaking on Shyne below:

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