Jamaican authorities have requested a report from prison command outlining their reasons for transferring incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in downtown Kingston.
Reports emerged on Tuesday (November 15) that dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidjah Palmer, had been transferred to another prison in Kingston.
The information was confirmed on Wednesday by the Ministry of National Security’s Permanent Secretary Dionne McIntosh. McIntosh says that she was informed of the entertainer’s move, but is unaware of the exact reasons behind it.
However, the Ministry of National Security is reportedly awaiting a detailed report from the Department of Correctional Services, outlining the exact reasons behind the entertainer’s transfer.
Speculation surfaced that the entertainer was transferred because he of suspicion that he is recording music from the high-security Horizon Adult Remand Centre in St Andrew, a privilege which is not facilitated at the correctional facility.
The allegations were recently highlighted after a fellow dancehall artiste, “Flexx” formerly of the group T.O.K, blasted that Vybz Kartel for allegedly recording music behind bars and complained about the entertainer’s continued dominance of the airwaves in a television interview.
Kartel had been at Horizon since 2011 when he was arrested for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. Following his conviction and sentencing in April 2014, he was returned to that facility where he had started serving his life sentence with 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole.
Kartel was convicted by an eleven-member jury in 2014 of killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in Havendale, St Andrew in August 2011.
Since his incarceration, the entertainer has released a stream of new songs. However, his handlers maintain that they were recorded before he lost his freedom.