The dancehall world was surprised last night after an exclusive interview was aired of incarcerated artiste Adidja Azim Palmer whose more commonly known as Vybz Kartel on Fox-5 TV which is located in the United States. As a result of the viral interview, the Jamaican prison authorities have come under much scrutiny because Interviews are in clear breach of prison protocols.
The Department of Correctional Services in Jamaica and several other government agencies have launched a big investigation into the matter, noting that an interview of such should not happen. If the person on the call is in fact Vybz Kartel, sanctions are expected to be carried out with the fact that a cell phone is regarded as contraband in Jamaican prisons.
The Interview is amongst one of the most talked-about topics today on the island and fans are staying tuned to part 2 of the interview which promises more telling details tonight.
In the interview, a male voice said to be that of dancehall star Vybz Kartel spoke with Lisa Evers of Fox-5. According to reports from nationWide News, an investigation by the authorities in Jamaica is on the way to verify the authenticity of the voice and when the interview was done.
Many people are wondering how was this interview made possible, despite additional security being assigned to Kartel’s prison cell after a mobile phone was smuggled into the cell and found by authorities not too long ago. The Entertainer was relocated from the St Catherine Adult Correctional Facility and sent to the Horizon Remand facility recently.
Palmer is currently serving a life prison sentence in connection with the murder of one of his former associates named Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams who was allegedly killed in the Havendale community which is located in St. Andrew.
Vybz Kartel is now awaiting word on the appeal of his murder sentence which is being considered by the UK-based Privy Council.
It’s understood that the Department of Correctional Services, the Ministry of National Security Inspectorate, and several law enforcement agencies are taking part in the investigation.
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In his first interview in over 10 years, Kartel described his prison cell, after being asked by the host about his surroundings, “It’s dark it’s hot it has like 3 or 4 bunk beds… it has a toilet in the corner… it’s like a Dongen” he went on to explain that he is currently located in the roof of the building he is housed at.
The “Summer Time” deejay also disclosed that he had health issues, “Basically i was sick for a few years” he outlined. With regards to his sentence, he said that he is innocent and he knows that he will be released soon. He stated that “it was never about me being getting charged for murder… it’s about getting rid of Vybz Kartel the person… it has always been about the influence that Vybz Kartel has.”
Kartel spoke about meeting good people in jail, watching many movies, listening to music, reading and writing a lot, he has managed to write “thousands of songs”, these things, he said help him to cope with the situation while in lockup. He concluded by stating that he is currently thinking about going home and not so much about his health issues.
Vybz Kartel Joked about the queen saving him.
One person listened to Kartel and commented, “Can’t express the feeling of hearing di Fhadda voice after a decade” while another said, “Round of Applaud to Fox 5, better than the Jamaican media.”
Watch the interview below and listen as the Worl’Boss speaks.