A letter allegedly from imprisoned Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel claiming that he has given his life to Christ and will be baptized has been dismissed as a hoax.
Attorney Miguel Lorne, who represents Kartel’s co-accused, Shawn Storm (whose real name is Shawn Campbell) revealed that the letter was not written 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 defense team would have known about it,” Lorne said.
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 artist has done some soul-searching and will denounce violence in all its forms.
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.
In March, Vybz Kartel and his co-accused were granted leave to appeal their convictions for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
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.