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Jamaica authorities looking into Vybz Kartel American TV interview

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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021. 8:52 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A multi-agency probe in Jamaica, conducted by the Department of Correctional Services, the Ministry of National Security Inspectorate, and several law enforcement agencies has been launched into the circumstances surrounding an interview given by dancehall artiste turned convicted murder Vybz Kartel, full name Adidja Palmer, according to DancehallMag.com.

Kartel, 41, spoke to WNYW-TV, the Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate in New York City, New York, on Wednesday night, with a second part scheduled to air tonight, Thursday. His attorney Isat Buchanan complained that “…the interview predates his movement from Spanish Town to Horizon (Remand) and all this is just sensationalism and oompy-skoompy business…”

But authorities want to know, according to Nationwide Radio, whether Kartel defied the ban on cell phone usage in prison after being moved to the Horizon Remand Center from a prison in St. Catherine Parish, and whether that was really him talking to reporter Lisa Evers.

The cells at Horizon were designed to curtail access to cell phones which are considered contraband. Additional security had been assigned to his cell a few months ago, the Nationwide report said.

Following the prison transfer, Kartel’s usually-active Instagram account went silent for over two months until his ‘Born Fi Dis’ album was released on August 6.

Kartel has previously been sanctioned for managing to join an Instagram Live held by producer Rvssian and his contraband accessories removed.

Kartel told Evers that he is now in a better place mentally because he is convinced that he has been wrongfully incarcerated and will be freed.

“Yeah because I was sick for a few years, so definitely I’m recovering physically, but mentally I’ve always been in a good place because I know I’m innocent and I know I’m coming out,” he said.

Kartel, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, anticipated that his conviction will be overturned by the United Kingdom-based judicial committee of the Privy Council: “God save the Queen because she is the only one who can save me now,” Vybz Kartel joked during the interview.

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