Tommy Lee Sparta is still being held by the police even though no charges have been filed against the entertainer.
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The deejay has been detained at the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay, St James, since last Tuesday as a person of interest. His attorney, Ernest “Ernie” Smith, is now in the process of filing grievances against the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for unfairly detaining his client.
“You can’t just deprive a man of his liberty like that. They said they wanted him in Montego Bay for questioning because he is a person of interest. And then he goes there and then say you’re gonna detain the man under the state of emergency in Montego Bay, and where he was living there’s no state of emergency. He has not been told of any criminal activity or any offense that he has committed. He not been told of any offense for which he is wanted. It’s not right. It is not fair,” Smith told a Jamaican tabloid.
Under the state of public emergency, a person can be held for 90 days without being charged.
Earlier last week Tommy Lee Sparta, given name Leroy Russell, was requested to report to the Freeport Police Station in Montego Bay in relation to the upsurge in violence in the Flanker community of St James. He was given a Tuesday midday deadline.
The attorney bemoaned the lack of urgency by lawmen to interview his client, as only “one session” has commenced since his detention.
“There are seven days in every week and each day in the life of every man is important. An unlawful detention on a Sunday is as equally a detention as on Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday, or any other day,” said Smith.