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Loon: Belgian Prison Stay Will Be for ‘Unspecified Time’

Al Pereira, Michael Ochs Archives

For the time being, former Bad Boy rapper Loon won’t be sent home from Belgium — where he was arrested late last year — to face drug charges in the States. That’s the good news. The bad news: He won’t be leaving jail in Brussels anytime soon.

As reports, the embattled MC has been ordered by a grand jury to remain in prison “for an unspecified time frame.” His lawyer is appealing that decision with Belgium’s Supreme Court, and U.S. authorities have yet to file extradition documents.

Loon, born Chauncey Lamont Hawkins, fled the country in May 2011, after he was arrested and charged with “knowingly and intentionally” possessing and intending to sell heroin in North Carolina. After seeking asylum in Algeria, he landed in Belgium, where he was arrested in November.

The former member of Mase‘s Harlem World posse is best known for rhyming on Diddy‘s 2002 hit ‘I Need a Girl (Part One)’ and its subsequent remix. He spent the latter half of the ’00s out of the spotlight, and after converting to Islam and changing his name to Amir Junaid Muhadith, he spoke out about what he considers “the evils of hip-hop.”

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