Kartel waits for release

By PAUL HENRY, Observer staff reporter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thursday, July 08, 2010



Vybz Kartel

DETAINED danchehall act Vybz Kartel should know if he will be freed for the weekend when his detention order expires tomorrow.

Kartel was detained last week Friday and underwent intense questioning after turning himself in to the Greater Portmore Police Station, some three days after the police named him and five other men as major persons of interest.

The artiste, whose given name is Adijah Palmer, was questioned in relation to criminal gangs in Portmore, St Catherine.

Chris Tavares-Finson, one of Kartel's lawyers, said he was hopeful the deejay would be released.

"His detention order is up tomorrow. We are hoping that they will release him," Tavares-Finson told the Observer moments ago.

If released, the artiste should be able to honour a booking he has to perform in Ocho Rios.

Kartel is also booked for a show in the Bahamas, Tavares-Finson said. The artiste is also slated to perform at Sumfest.

But Kartel's release is not guaranteed. Security Minister Dwight Nelson can extend the entertainer's detention on advice from the police under the current State of Public Emergency under which he was detained. The State of Emergency was called on May 23 as a result of the upheaval by gunmen loyal to accused drug lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

When Kartel turned in himself last week, his detention was extended from 24 hours to five days.

"Let's wait and see," said Tavares-Finson.