November 10, 2010
Star News


Cops seek Mavado, Kartel

( L - R ) Mavado, Vybz Kartel

Dancehall artiste Mavado claims he is being targeted by a specific police officer after he was listed along with Vybz Kartel, as persons of interest by the St Andrew North police.

The two, born Adidjah Palmer and David Brooks, respectively, are to surrender to the police by 3 p.m. today.

They were identified last evening through a release sent by the Constabulary Communication Network.

Subsequent checks with an officer from the division found that the deejays are to be questioned in connection with a recent double-murder incident which reportedly occurred on Manning's Hill Road in St Andrew.

Mavado said the news caught him by surprise while he was busy working at Big Ship Studio last night. However, he said he has no knowledge of the allegations and believes he is being targeted.

"Mi a wonder wah really a gwaan. For the past nine months a just studio and mi yard. Is like yuh have a specific police weh just waan see mi fall. A work mi a work, so mi nuh understand how this just come up. Mi just feel like this is some form of police harassment," Mavado told THE STAR.

He said the news is even more shocking because he was at the Constant Spring Police Station for more than an hour yesterday.

"Mi over deh fi more than an hour on a different thing. Mi stand up right at the superintendent office and a talk fi more than 45 minutes. Nobody neva come to me and seh nutten. Weh mi do fi wanted?" he questioned, noting that his house was raided twice in recent months.

"This a get to me now because a more than one time them put mi inna paper seh mi wanted fi nutten at all. If there is a police weh a mek all a dem ting ya reach mi, him need fi stop it. Mi nuh want nobody use personal vendetta fi try mash up mi life."

When contacted, Vybz Kartel said he was not aware that he was listed as a person of interest.

This is not the first time Vybz Kartel has been identified as a person of interest. In July, he was held by the St Catherine South police for about two weeks under the state of emergency which was imposed on the parish.

As for Mavado, two years ago he was arrested and charged on two counts of shooting with intent and illegal possession of firearm, stemming from an incident in 2007, in relation to an incident on Mannings Hill Road, on July 27 of that year, when two persons were reportedly shot.

He was freed of those charges eventually.

Mavado is among a number of artistes, including fellow Alliance member Bounty Killer, whose visas were cancelled by the United States.

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