A letter purportedly from imprisoned DJ Vybz Kartel claiming that he’s given his life to Christ and will be baptized has been dismissed as a hoax.
Attorney Miguel Lorne, who represents Kartel’s co-accused and DJ Shawn Storm (real name Shawn Campbell) said the letter was not penned by Vybz Kartel.
“That letter is not authentic. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have not seen the letter. But if it was true the defence team would have known about it,” Lorne said.
A close family member of Vybz Kartel’s also dismissed the letter.
The letter, which has been making the rounds on social media, alleges that Vybz Kartel has converted to Christianity after the privilege of recording songs while incarcerated was taken away from him.
The writer said the artiste has done some soul-searching and will denounce violence in all its forms.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name Adidjah Palmer, is no stranger to controversy.
He was most recently under the public glare after former Youth and Culture Minister of Jamaica Lisa Hanna called for his music recorded, if recorded while he was behind bars, to be banned from radio. Hanna was raked over the coals by supporters of the artiste for her stance.
Subsequent to Hanna’s call, the Ministry of National Security launched a clampdown on illegal recordings in prison and seized a number of electronic devices, including smart phones, tablets and voice recorders during several raids at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and the New Horizon Remand Centre.
Five workers in Department of Correctional Services and three inmates were also arrested and charged in connection with the seizures.
In November 2011 news spread like wildfire that Vybz Kartel had escaped from the New Horizon Remand Centre after engaging the police in a shootout and commandeering a police service vehicle, but that too turned out to be a hoax.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John, were last month granted leave to appeal their convictions for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
Williams was killed and his body dismembered and never found.
The four men all received life sentences but Vybz Kartel was granted the possibility of parole after 35 years while all the other were given the possibility of parole after 25 years.
The appeal hearing is set to be heard in court in September.