Tommy Lee Ordered Released

Dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, who was detained by the police last week Sunday in Kingston has been ordered released by St James Parish Court Judge, Sandria Wong-Small.

The order was made in response to a habeas corpus application which was filed by Lee’s attorneys, Tom Tavares Finson and Donahue Martin.

The police argued in Court today that Lee fled St James during the ongoing State of Public Emergency which was first declared in the parish in January this year.

As a result, the Constabulary says it applied to the Minister of National Security for Lee to be declared a person of special national security interest under the State of Public Emergency Regulations.

However, his lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, challenged the allegation that his client fled the parish.

Mr. Tavares Finson noted that Lee had entered St James on February 24 this year for a public event.

Judge Wong Small said she was not convinced by arguments made by the Police that Lee was taken into custody because he had fled the jurisdiction.

The Judge ordered that the deejay be released from custody.
The police responded by saying they accept the judge’s ruling.

A member of Tommy Lee’s legal team, Donahue Martin, spoke this afternoon with media personnel.

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Donahue Martin, Attorney representing Dancehall Entertainer, Tommy Lee.

Lee was detained last week Sunday in St. Andrew shortly after he had left the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition.

The Police had said they want to question the deejay about violent crime in St. James.