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Popcaan sues the government of Jamaica for defamation over allegations of drug possession.


As promised, Popcaan's legal team filed a lawsuit against the Jamaican government after the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) claimed that the dancehall DJ had been detained for cocaine possession in Barbados several years prior.

Due to claimed orders from the JCF to flag the St. Thomas native when he travels to the UK, Popcaan has been treated favorably by British officials. Popcaan claims that he was stopped by immigration officials twice this year.

Popcaan requested assistance from Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a video posted on Tuesday, claiming that the government was putting a "red flag" on his name.

Bert Samuels, Popcaan's attorney, filed the defamation lawsuit on Friday. Popcaan is asking the court for general damages, defamation damages, interest, legal fees, and any additional relief.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which is accused of making false allegations about Popcaan having a narcotics record that his lawyer claims are inaccurate, is the subject of the case against the Government.

The Attorney General is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The GOJ has not yet responded to the lawsuit's filing. Samuels had threatened to sue the deejay if an apology and retraction were not given to the DJ.

Meanwhile, Popcaan's attorney acknowledged that the offense had been cleared from his criminal records in Barbados and that Popcaan had been charged with possession of marijuana in 2009, specifically smoking a spliff.

The artist claims in his pleadings that he has never been arrested for drug possession in Barbados or anywhere else, despite the allegation that he was charged with and found guilty of cocaine possession.

The paper also said that on April 21, 2016, Barbados completely revoked the marijuana conviction.

The lawsuit also alleged that Barbados' Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act), Section 17, infringed the artist's rights.

According to the law, after a person's record is expunged, they are considered to be individuals for all legal purposes who have never been accused, investigated, tried, found guilty of, or condemned.

Furthermore, the government broke Section 22 of the Act, which makes disclosing the expungement a crime that carries a prison sentence.

The words used by the JCF "meant or were understood to mean and conveyed to the public and ordinary, intelligent and unbiased persons with the ordinary person's general knowledge and experience of worldly affairs that he was allegedly involved in criminal activity," according to Popcaan's lawsuit, which claimed that the JCF acted maliciously and neglected to conduct any or any due diligence to investigate the claims it made against the deejay.

Popcaan continued, alleging that the assertions were intended to cast him as a danger to public safety and that when taken as a whole, they caused harm, loss, and death to his reputation.

The artist asserts that the JCF posted the press statement on purpose in order to assist his imprisonment by British authorities, supporting his allegations that the JCF acted intentionally.

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