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Vybz Kartel transferred to Tower Street maximum security prison

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 11:34 PM
Vybz Kartel

Convicted murderer Vybz Kartel has been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre to the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, has 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. Kartel, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment with 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole, is appealing the conviction and sentence.

A prison source says Kartel, a dancehall artiste, has been transferred to Tower Street for "confinement".

His attorney Tom Tavares Finson also confirmed that Kartel was transferred but said he does not know why.

However, there has been no word from the Department of Correctional Service about the transfer, which coincides with mounting concerns that Kartel was apparently recording songs while incarcerated at Horizon.

Two days ago, Joyce Stone, deputy commissioner of corrections, said she could not comment on the matter directing that the questions be posed the Commissioner, Ina Hunter.

However, Hunter is yet to respond to questions emailed to her on Monday night, questioning whether Palmer was being investigated for, among other things, any violation of prison protocols.