Incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel has broken his silence on his current legal troubles, claiming innocence.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, wrote a letter to University of the West Indies (UWI) literary and cultural professor, Carolyn Cooper asking for her assistance in his case.
Cooper, who is an avid supporter of Vybz Kartel, wrote an editorial piece in the Sunday edition of the Jamaica Gleaner with excerpts from Kartel’s letter.
In his letter Vybz Kartel said law enforcement officials are using the media to turn the public against him.
“As you know I am in jail on numerous charges and I’d like to tell you that I am an innocent man who needs your help because I’m being painted as this evil ‘D.J. by day, don by night’ murderer who is society’s number one cause of crime and violence. The police is using the media to slaughter me and as such I don’t think I will get a fair trial. They are using the media to form public opinion of me that is so contradictory to the person that I really am. They (police) have tried my case in the public & found me guilty,” Vybz Kartel wrote.
“Every single piece of alleged evidence, every new development in the case is thrown on TV. As if this is a soap opera, but I can assure you that this is no movie to me. This is about my life and my freedom and I take them very seriously,” Kartel added.
The “Cake Soap” deejay said the unfair treatment has taken a toll on his family.
“My charges are merely allegations, but they are giving the public the impression that I am guilty and that is not fair to me or my family,” Kartel said.
Vybz Kartel use the opportunity to distance himself from other inmates in the Horizon Remand Centre in Spanish Town.
“I have been to court on numerous occasions and saw hundreds of accused men who are charged with heinous crimes like murdering children, killing police officers, burning & shooting whole families and I have never once saw police on TV; discussing the development of those cases, much less every week, as in my case.”
Vybz Kartel was arrested in September of last year and slapped with a double murder charge, as well as, gun possession and conspiracy charges.