June 30, 2010
"I WILL BE EXONERATED" - KARTEL
Vybz Kartel has issued a statement to the press regarding a statement by the police naming him as a "major person of interest" in St. Catherine. He has consented to be interviewed by the police this morning.
I, like millions of other Jamaicans, have certain concerns about the potential violation of my civil rights and liberties during this State of Emergency, however, I will grant the police an audience this morning as they have declared me a "major person of interest", and placed my name on a list populated by a number of alleged criminals.
This is not the first time that the police force has attempted to smear my reputation based on half-baked assumptions and ridiculous rumours, but as it happened then, I know I will be exonerated once again. I have nothing to fear. Fear makes men believe the worst, but I believe in our justice system, however flawed it may be, and in the end, I will be vindicated. I remain confident that the security forces will act with professionalism in this matter.
I have engaged legal counsel to safeguard my rights, and the truth will prevail.
I know I will be exonerated.