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Reggae star Buju Banton free on bail

Buju Banton
Image caption Buju Banton had been held in a Florida prison since December last year

Reggae star Buju Banton has been granted bail by an immigration court in Florida while he awaits a retrial on drug charges.

The Jamaican was released from jail after Bob Marley's son, Stephen, put up his own $300,000 (£186,000) home as collateral.

Banton stood trial in September for allegedly conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover officer.

A mistrial was declared after jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Under the terms of his bail, the singer - real name Mark Myrie - signed an extradition waiver.

He must also wear an electronic monitoring device and pay a private security team to ensure he does not flee the country.

Banton's lawyer said he was thrilled the 37-year-old, who had been in prison since last December, could spend time at his Miami-area home before his retrial, scheduled for February.

Banton claims he was entrapped by a paid police informant when he was arrested for allegedly conspiring to buy more than five kilograms of cocaine.

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