Wednesday 5 August, 2020

Kartel's prison transfer may have been triggered by action of ex-rival

File photo of Vybz Kartel arriving at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

File photo of Vybz Kartel arriving at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

Incarcerated dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel was transferred Tuesday from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston to the St Catherine District prison, and is reportedly "settling in well" to his new environs. 

Sources say that Kartel's transfer may have been triggered by Ninjaman's move in the wake of a controversial incident where the 'Don Gorgon' was videotaped smoking a spliff, while showing off a pair of Clarks and boasting: "A we mek jail look like blood*****t road. Clarks clean like whistle."

“The deejay settle in now and alright, mi hear say him say St. Catherine have a cooler vibe than GP,  so him a settle in. In the meantime, mi hear say Kahiro (Vybz Kartel co-accused, Kahiro Jones) now get transfer to Horizon instead and Ninjaman gone a GP, because the man dem a HARC no want him over de because of what him say about the conjugal visits, and him and Kartel caan be at the same institution, so that's why dem transfer Kartel from GP, ” a source told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

HARC is an acronym for Horizon Adult Remand centre. 

A few years ago, Ninjaman had made ill-advised comments regarding the possibility of conjugal visits for prisoners during Robert Montague's tenure as the Minister of National Security. 

"If you giving them (prisoners) any form of rights, get them some job. The man in prison nah nuh work. What we should be doing is thinking of ways and means to stop (using) taxpayer's money just for keeping prisoners....find dem something to do before yuh gi dem woman, and them get another unwanted pickney. You cannot have a solution for a problem that's gonna cause another problem," he said.

In 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his associate Clive "Lizard" Williams. He will be eligible for parole once he has served a minimum of 35 years in prison.

In December 2017, Ninja Man and his co-convicts were sentenced to life in prison for the 2009 murder of a Kingston man. The entertainer must serve at least 25 years in prison before he is eligible to be released on parole.

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