Vybz Kartel in police custody

Vybz Kartel.. spent last night behind bars

VYBZ Kartel, the dancehall DJ the police expressed an interest in interviewing as they move to stamp out criminality in the society, is expected to be questioned by detectives today, a day after he turned in himself to the Greater Portmore Police Station.

Accompanied by his attorneys, the DJ — whose real name is Adija Palmer and who the police described as a ‘major person of interest’ — turned in himself around 9:15 in the morning — some four days after the police expressed an interest in him and five other St Catherine men.

Yesterday, Chris Tavares-Finson, who, along with Tom Tavares-Finson and Valerie Neita-Robertson are representing Kartel, expressed hope that the artiste would be released after questioning.

“We are hoping that he will be questioned and released. He’s in good spirits and is confident that he will be out soon. He has indicated that he will give the police his full co-operation,” Tavares-Finson told the Observer.

It was not certain if the other men — Omar Lawrence, also called ‘Hommie’, of Anglin Lane, Newlands, Portmore; Seymour Johnson, otherwise called ‘Bulb Eye’, of Braeton Phase One; Paul Smith, alias called ‘Kerone’ and ‘Biggs’, of Big Lane, Central Village; Oneil Myurrie, also called ‘Neily’, of Little Lane, Central Village; and Damion Perry, alias ‘Tillyman’, of Old Harbour Bay — had turned in themselves.

The police have named more than 100 major persons of interest since Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced a State of Public Emergency, limited to Kingston and St Andrew in May. The state of emergency, which was extended to St Catherine last month, gives the police the power to detain persons indefinitely.

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