American rapper – Sha Ya bin Abraham Joseph stage name 21 Savage was detained on Feb. 2 by U.S. Immigration and customs enforcement agents on allegations that he’d overstayed his visa by more than a decade. Officials said that he came to the US from Britain in 2005.
He’s was in police custody in Georgia for 9 days on the immigration charges, was awarded bond on Tuesday and will probably be released from custody on Wednesday, his lawyer said.
The entertainer, whose real name is Sha Ya bin Abraham Joseph, was detained on Feb. 2 by U.S. Immigration and customs enforcement agents on allegations that he’d overstayed his visa by more than a decade. Officials said that he came to the US from Britain in 2005.
Atlanta U.S. Immigration Court Judge Dan Pelletier awarded the 26 year old bond in a hearing on Tuesday, his lawyer Charles Kuck told Reuters by phone.
The bond amount was set at $100, 000, the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper reported. Cook refused to confirm the total amount.
His legal team previously on Tuesday released a statement that said he’d been released. Kuck afterwards said Abraham Joseph remained in ICE custody since the bond wasn’t granted before a daily 2 p.m. EST deadline, but said he’ll released on Wednesday.
The rapper was granted an expedited hearing after talking with officials of the ICE to clarify its legal status and bond eligibility, his legal team said in a statement.
“He’ll not forget this ordeal or any one of the other dads, sons, members of the family and faceless individuals, he was locked up with or who remain unjustly incarcerated throughout the nation,” they said.
ICE officials weren’t instantly available for comment.
Savage still faces deportation proceedings in the federal immigration court, Kuck said.
“His case isn’t over by a long haul,” he added.
Abraham Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in the year 2014, also was detained as part of a targeted operation with the cooperation of law enforcement, an ICE spokesman told Reuters when the rapper had been taken into custody.
21 Savage was nominated for the two Grammy awards for the hit “Rockstar” with the Post Malone, including the year group’s coveted record, but was unable to attend the glitzy award ceremony in LA on Sunday as it was held in Georgia.
His Facebook page shows he’s many concerts scheduled in the coming months.