Incarcerated entertainer, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, has released a statement appealing the perpetrators of threats against journalists to stop.
The Jamaica Observer reported this morning that its crime reporter, Karyl Walker, and Abka Fitz Henley of Nationwide News Network have been threatened by Kartel’s callers.
But according to the statement released through Kartel’s lawyer, Tom Tavares-Finson, the artiste wants such action to stop.
“Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal,”
It was brought to my attention this morning by a member of my legal team
that a number of persons including journalists have reported receiving
threats from persons purportedly acting on my behalf.
During my sentencing hearing my Attorney Tom Tavares-Finson indicated
to the court that I hold no ill-will to any of the persons involved in my trial
neither the Police, Prosecutors, Executives from Digicel and certainly not
any member of the Media who covered my trial in a manner which exposed
the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case for all the world to see.
I reiterate the position “I hold no ill-well [sic] to anyone who was involved in
my trial” and I put my faith in the judicial system and the appeal process on
which we have now embarked.
I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it
appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone, to stop it.
Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the Police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal.
In the meantime I thank my family, friends and fans who continue to support
and have faith in me.
Signed: Adidja Palmer