Christopher Townsend, attorney-at-law for dancehall deejay Elephant Man, has stated his intention to request video footage of his client in the immigration area at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay in March.
“We have already written the letter which will be submitted to the prosecutor so that we can formally request the video footage of Elephant Man in the immigration area in the airport,” Townsend told the Jamaica Observer.
Elephant Man has been charged with breaches to the Immigration Act. He appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court via teleconference in April. The case will be heard again on September 4.
Elephant Man is specifically charged with breaching Section 8 (5) of the Immigration Act, which mandates people arriving in Jamaica to make a truthful declaration to immigration personnel.
The fine, according to precedent, is $100.
The entertainer, whose given name is Oneil Bryan, arrived at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, along with an entourage, on March 17, and was asked to declare the countries he visited.
Elephant Man, who was reportedly on tour in Europe, including COVID-19-hit Germany, reportedly did not adhere to the immigration requirement. Before the island’s ports were closed, the Jamaican Government had placed a travel ban on Germany and other countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe has grappled with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus with thousands of deaths recorded in Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom.
As of May 15, 2020, there have been 162,826 deaths in Europe overall due to the disease since the first recorded European death in France on February 15. The United Kingdom has the hightest number of deaths. The toll in that country now stands at 33,614.
The worldwide number of confirmed cases of coronavirus was over 4.55 million as at May 15, 2020.