Vybz Kartel’s lawyer Isat Buchanan says he’ll be seeking the court’s assistance in relation to the incarcerated dancehall artiste’s reported lockdown for 23 hours per day, despite his health condition.
He said the application could be filed in court as soon as Friday.
The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) confirmed that the recording artiste, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, was among three inmates found in possession of a cell phone on Sunday, two days after another cell phone was found in the possession of the ‘Summertime’ deejay on Friday at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston.
DCS also dismissed allegations that he has been ‘locked down’, stating that he is in a regular cell.
Kartel’s camp issued a statement that they were worried about the 23-hour detention of the deejay, which they feel will only aggravate his medical condition.
His family believes that the poor ventilation and persistent heat could affect the deejay’s breathing.
Buchanan has since questioned the authority of the DCS “to change the circumstances of his housing in light of the fact that where he’s currently housed is poorly ventilated”.
Quizzed about whether the reported lockdown was appropriate for the alleged infraction by an inmate, and if the ‘King of Dancehall’ deejay should be treated differently from other inmates, Buchanan said:
My intention is to have those questions resolved by the court. There is a Corrections Act, and it is to be followed. Mr Palmer is an appellant with an appeal before the highest court of the land. The true question is, why is Mr Adidja Palmer the appellant being treated like Kartel?
DCS said Palmer’s movements are being restricted pending the investigation.