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Hello Everybody.. Nick Manasseh here
The current situation is that Brother Culture IS still being held at the Chiconautla jail in the 'state of Mexico' about 2 hours away from where I am now in Mexico City. 
This jail is one of the toughest and most DANGEROUS in Mexico, therefore in the world. I am quoting our lawyer in saying this. 
The state of Mexico is a different state and jurisdiction from Mexico City- similar to the difference between Arizona and Texas.
This is a complicating factor, and one which creates more expense and a lot more bureaucracy.
Culture has essentially been acquitted of involvement in the original offence that caused the raid in which he was caught up. However it is still an on going criminal investigation. Hopefully there will be no stings in the tail with that. 
Culture is now being held at Chiconautla by the immigration authorities as opposed to the criminal investigations department.
We very much hope that tomorrow, Monday, he will be moved to the immigration authorities detention centre here in Mexico City. It is much easier going than the jail, and our friends here will be able to visit him easily and give him what he needs..
It is likely to take a while for our lawyers, and the British Embassy here to sort out Culture's immigration and legal status in Mexico, bearing in mind that his passport was lost during the police raid. However we do now have his passport details and the judge in Mexico state has his 'immigration papers' - basically the landing card he filled out on the plane. These are positive developments....... 
There are some details here that I can't really mention here as I don't want to prejudice his case in anyway, but obviously the situation is more complicated and serious than if he had just lost his passport as a regular tourist..
I am going to the jail today to try to see Culture. There is a possibility that I won't be able to, because Culture is in a kind of legal limbo due to the issues about why and how he is still being held.
If he was a regular prisoner there wouldn't be a problem. If I can see him today I WILL report back. 
We do know that he is extremely distressed and wants very much to see me.
Yesterday I had a long meeting, at the office, with our lawyer Emiliano Robles Gomezmont from the law firm LMRT sc.. This is a top law firm in Mexico City, and frankly is not the cheapest. Emiliano is great, and his whole team are fully engaged with this.
The whats-app group is big. I will go to the jail today with Eduardo, one of the lawyers at LMRT. 
It is impossible to say exactly how long it will be before Culture is home again. 
The absolute legal maximum is 6 months, but my feeling is about a month.
It is also likely that he will be released on bail and have to sign in with the prosecutor's office regularly. This would bring its own problems- with money, and because Culture would have to be very careful about the people around him, nobody with weed etc etc..
I know many people reading this will have already given money to the GO.FUND.ME being run by Culture's wife AllieKay. We are extremely grateful. 
I am part of this fund and am a TRUSTEE.
We will account in detail for what has been already spent, and as it goes on.. 
In fact much of the fund has already been used.
It was a difficult decision as to whether to spend money on me coming out here. This was effectively decided by Culture asking for me, and expecting me; and by Emiliano our lawyer. It's just too much to deal with on whats-app.
WE DO NEED MORE MONEY.. IT IS URGENT. 
This could have happened to ANY of us in the reggae scene, or in any of the other underground music scenes. 
It is a bit of a wake up call.. I will write more after I have seen Culture..
Love Nick Manasseh
Mc Brother Culture was arrested while shooting a music video on Thursday 13th September, in Mexico.  There is currently NO CHARGE but the location of the video was not the most savoury of locations. The police raided and arrested him, with 8 others.  His passport and all legal documents were taken and he has been detained in a cell. So far his friends have funded everything. His promoter has been amazing, as have the British Embassy.  We have an amazing lawyer and translator and thousands have already been spent. The list goes on.... CULTURE NOW NEEDS HELP FINANCIALLY to set him FREE. If you can do anything to help Culture will return your generosity in abundance, lets get him home PLEASE <3
ONELOVE <3
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Greetings to all the beautiful people who supported me in this terrible situation … I arrived home last Friday to be met by my beautiful wife AllieKay. If not for her and your fantastic efforts, I would still be in prison in Mexico. I was wrongly arrested and accused of drug dealing.. the courts, the lawyers in Mexico, the promoter of the tour and the police conspired to keep me in jail as long as they could … without your support guys I would have remained in jail, for 8 to 10 years … now home I am coordinating with new law firms and the British Embassy, the situation is on-going but I’m home … my music family I owe you all, I am physical and mentally broken, but I will be back. ONE LOVE BC xxxxx
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UPDATE: Culture is home. ( dictated from Culture) He thanks everyone so much for getting him home., and temporary relieved from the situation. However the experience has really taken its toll on his health, and due to the on going legal situation, Culture will be with drawing from ALL public life right now. Until his health and legal situation can be concluded through the British Embassy, and proper legal representation, to clear his name.
Finally his deepest thanks to everyone around the world, he is unable to reply right now, but will be in touch when he he is well enough.
One Love BC
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Culture is being deported on Thursday night. Flights are booked. He may need to fly back for court in a few months. But for now he is coming home. The flight was almost covered by his friends on Saturday night. A MASSIVE THANK YOU. If we hadn't had the money to fly him home he could have been in the detention centre another 3 months. Thank you with ALL our hearts <3 xxx
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Brother Culture - Latest developments 4/10/18
Nick Manasseh.. London 1pm

Hello everybody.. Good news!! Culture has been released from the Chiconautla jail.. The immigration people came to pick him up last night, and he is now in their custody. This is surprising, given what I said in the last post about their capacity, resources and the fact that they are overstretched. But it is consistent with the order from the federal judge- who said the immigration people must pick him up within a given time, or else he must be released. Well they have picked him up..
As I said before this is good because 1 the immigration centre is much more easy going and a much better place to be than the jail and 2 because the immigration centre is not about punishment, in the way that the jail is. And 3 that it shouldn't be a problem for our lawyer to get him out of there very quickly.
The immigration centre is close to good friends of ours and we will know soon about whether or not Culture has a phone, and if he is allowed to use it or not. We will also know soon about visiting rights, if Culture has his stuff- clothes etc.. Bear in mind that at the time of writing Mexico is just waking up now..
We now have a much clearer idea of what the legal costs are, and will be. I think it's ok for me to say- informally- that they will come to about £8000, possibly a bit less. But this is not definitive. Obviously it depends on how much work has to be done, which, I am guessing here, is about whether they want to prosecute for the small possession charge, or if they drop it.. Hopefully they will drop this charge, given what we now know- that small possession is decriminalised in Mexico..
Other costs so far have been well over £1000, including : getting food, money and protection for Culture, my expenses (will account soon), £120 for them not to cut his dreads etc etc..
There shouldn't be too many problems with the immigration people. Our lawyer has his immigration papers/ the landing card- I've seen it and have a photo of it. And our lawyer has his prov driving license- Culture's pic on it, and photos of good ID stuff that I took out to Mexico. The British embassy has good relations with the immigration centre, and are aware that he has been moved there ..
I think that's about all I can say now. More news as we have it.. Nick

From Allie: 18.00 GMT 4/10/18
Culture has just called me, he is very distressed. The new location, is extreme solitude, looked up for hours alone. There is no access to food he can eat, where as before he was able to buy food from inmates. Let out only for meal times. Although he did say it wasnt as dangerous. Having all the correct immigration papers, as we paid £450 for copies of them almost two weeks ago, is driving him crazy. Another part of this crazy process that we dont understand :(
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