Jamaican Police Commissioner Owen Ellington made some extremely critical statements about imprisoned dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security prison after being convicted for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Throughout the high profile murder trial, fans of the so called World Boss have accused the police force and the Crown of an unfair trial to bring down Kartel.
But during a recent interview with legal journalist Dionne Jackson-Miller on TVJs All Angles, Ellington says that Vybz Kartel was the mastermind behind a gang that murdered over 100 people.
Vybz Kartel led a gang that was responsible for well over a hundred murders. We have been telling the country this for a very long time. And every time we move against this gang we were criticized, we were condemned and we were accused of being malicious.
Look at his defence. What was his defence? That there was a conspiracy against the police.
Ellington also addressed the controversy over police tampering with the evidence in the highly publicised trial.
Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson has accused the Police Commissioner of seeking to prejudice his client’s appeal following the TV interview.
Tavares-Finson says the Commissioner should instead be seeking to correct what he says are some of the investigative blunders which occurred in the Vybz Kartel case.
According to The Gleaner, the Police High Command hit back saying there is no truth to the claims that Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has sought to prejudice the entertainer’s appeal.
In its rebuttal, the high command says it is evident that Tavares-Finson is the only one in Jamaica who is oblivious of the modus operandi of the Gaza Empire led by his client and the trail of blood they left behind in their activities.
In a statement, the High Command further said the comments by the police commissioner are nothing new.
Meanwhile, the Police High Command has raised doubts about the character of experts being offered by Tavares-Finson to the police.