One dancehall artiste wanted, another released

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Wednesday June 30, 2010 – Adijah Palmer, popularly known as Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, has been named among six men wanted by lawmen, and he’s expected to show up at a police station today.

Police said yesterday that they have an interest in interviewing him, but did not say why.

Kartel told a local radio station that he was a law-abiding citizen and was at a loss as to why he would be wanted for questioning. However, he said, he would go in with his lawyer.

“I have no idea why they would deem me as a major person of interest but especially in this State of Emergency, I have no problem co-operating with the police to get over this as soon as possible,” he told Radio Jamaica.

On the same day of that development, another dancehall artiste on the wrong side of the law – Bounty Killa, whose real name is Rodney Pryce – walked out of court free on a charge stemming from the alleged beating of his girlfriend, Kadene Baker.

He had been charged in April with assault occasioning bodily harm, but yesterday prosecutors had no choice but to drop the charge after Barker said she didn’t want the matter to go further.

It had been alleged that Bounty beat the woman after she told him she wanted to end their relationship.