Jamaican dancehall artiste Vybz Karel hospitalized over kidney infection

Incarcerated dancehall entertainer Adidja Azim Palmer popularly known as Vybz Kartel is in hospital receiving treatment for a kidney infection.This was confirmed by his attorney Tom Tavares-Finson.

Kartel is being treated at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Kartel fell ill on Sunday September 24 and was provided with medical treatment.

He again became sick and had to be taken to hospital.

In September 2011, Kartel was arrested by police for marijuana possession. Jamaica’s Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) later charged him with the murder of a Jamaican businessman, Barrington Burton, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a
firearm.

Kartel was granted bail for the Burton murder on 23 March 2012 for JD$3,000,000 but he remained in jail in connection with a second murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He was charged, along with two others including Vanessa ‘Gaza Slim’ Saddler, with perverting the course of justice, after Saddler allegedly claimed that Williams had robbed her in order to mislead the police into believing that he was still alive.

In July 2013, a jury found Kartel not guilty of the charge of murder of Barrington Burton. However, Kartel remained in custody pending the second murder case. His trial for the murder of Clive Williams started on 18 November 2013, and on 13 March 2014 he was found guilty by an eleven-member jury (10-1) of murder of 27-year-old Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. The 65-day trial was said to have been the longest in Jamaica’s history.

In April 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life imprisonment. Justice Lennox Campbell said he would be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.

Despite being imprisoned, the Worl Boss – as he is popularly referred to as – continues to release new music prolifically, releasing over 50 new songs in 2016 alone.

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