Vybz Kartel Escape Denied

Police aim to stamp out rumours
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Authorities in Jamaica have moved quickly to dismiss rumours that Vybz Kartel has escaped from prison.

Perhaps the biggest star to emerge from the Dancehall scene, Vybz Kartel has always been the subject of rumour and intrigue. Arrested and charged with murder last month, the singer is currently languishing in a Kingston jail cell.

At least, we think Vybz Kartel is in jail. Reports from Jamaica this morning appeared to indicate that that dancehall icon had escaped from the facility, organising a movie worthy raid with fellow prisoners.

Potentially the biggest jail break in the history of the Jamaican penal system, the rumours caused shockwaves amongst his fans. To increase speculation, Vybz Kartel left an intriguing Tweet on his Twitter feed and then later re-Tweeted rumours of his escape. Sadly, though, authorities have moved to quash the reports.

The Jamaican Observer is carrying quotes from senior police officials who have confirmed that Vybz Kartel remains behind bars.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green explained that he had received no reports of a jail break. "I know nothing about that. If that had taken place I would would certainly have known," Green said.

An un-named police officer informed the Jamaican Observer that he believed the rumours were a publicity stunt. "It may be an attempt by his cronies to keep him in the news but they don't need to spread rumours to do that because he will be in the news for quite some time".

Real name Adijah Palmer, Vybz Kartel was initially arrested on October 1st. The dancehall icon is currently battling two murder charges, conspiracy to murder, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of ganja.

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