Trinidad and Tobago's National Security Minister Stuart Young, has advised promoters of the I Am Legend concert which will see reggae artiste Buju Banton perform in the country, that they must apply for an exemption to have him enter T&T.
According to Trinidad's Daily Express newspaper, the show cannot go on without an exemption as Buju's 2011 conviction in the US for cocaine trafficking, for which he served ten years in prison, violates Trinidad's immigration laws.
Trinidad and Tobago's Immigration Act prohibits entry of persons who have been convicted of or admit having committed any crime, which if committed in the twin island republic would be punishable with imprisonment for one or more years.
However, the Act also states that the minister may issue a written permit authorising any person to enter the country or, being in the country, to remain there.
Mr. Young has said once the application is made, he is prepared to grant an exemption.
Buju's I Am Legend concert, which takes place on April 21, will also see Koffee, Luciano, Wayne Wonder and Singing Melody grace the stage.