NO SPECIAL TREATMENT – Minister insists Kartel does not enjoy unusual privilege | New


Despite the continued release of new music and claims he got engaged to a dancehall superstar this summer during an alleged authorized prison visit, junior National Security Minister Zavia Mayne insists the dancehall artist Vybz Kartel doesn’t get any special treatment.

“Absolutely not!” Mayne said after being asked if the “World Boss” enjoyed any unusual privilege.

“As it stands, this is an individual who has been convicted by the court and judicial system. He has, in the first instance before the Supreme Court, [been] tried and found guilty. He appealed and the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision. There’s absolutely no reason to treat him specially,” Mayne added.

Kartel, whose first name is Adidja Palmer, was transferred from Horizon Adult Remand Center to Tower Street Adult Correctional Center last week following the airing of a new Fox5 New York interview.

In the interview, Sidem Ozturk, a British social worker, said she traveled to Jamaica this summer and got engaged to Kartel during a prison visit. She said she started corresponding with the artist in 2015 and first met him in 2019.

When THE WEEKEND STAR asked for confirmation of the alleged engagement and other questions, Mayne said: “I am absolutely unable to confirm. The best person to confirm would be Mr. Kartel, but guess what? Where he is now, he doesn’t can’t help you.”

The alleged engagement is the latest in a series of hair-raising incidents involving the artist, who has managed to maintain his dominance as a dancehall artist despite his confinement.

Mayne said he “heard the talk” about Vybz Kartel recording music behind bars, but could not confirm if the rumors were true. He added, however, that the issue was of concern to him and to the government led by Andrew Holness.

“But what we do know is that the position of prohibited items, objects, in our correctional facilities has been a challenge for us, and it’s something that the government has taken note of, and we are aggressively pursuing solutions. for that,” he said.

Kartel, 46, is serving a life sentence for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a former associate of his, and must complete 32½ years before becoming eligible for parole. He appealed his conviction and sentence to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, Jamaica’s final court of appeal.


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