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Incarcerated Jamaican Dancehall Icon Vybz Kartel Gets Engaged

Vybz Kartel was as sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 -- Photo via FOX 5 New York

In an interview with FOX 5 New York, Sidem Ozturk said she said yes to the incarcerated musician during an authorized prison visit.

Despite being incarcerated since 2011, Kartel, Adidja Palmer, has found love behind bars and is due to be married to his Turkish girlfriend Sidem Ozturk. It is reported that Kartel propose to Ozturk in the summer of 2022 during an authorized prison visit.

As of 2014, Kartel was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He was told he wouldn’t be eligible for parole for another 35 years.

Ozturk was a psychology student and social worker in London, England who has since given things up and moved to Kingston, Jamaica to be closer to her fiance. During an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Lisa Evers, Ozturk details her engagement.

She said, “We were just calling each other hubby and wifey, and he was just like, we are heading towards marriage so calling you wifey or you calling me hubby is not serious enough; He was like, you’re my fiance we are going to get married.”

She added: “To be here, in Jamaica, engaged to Addi, it’s a dream come true. I still haven’t processed it in my head, it’s amazing. I don’t know how to describe it, that’s how good it feels.”

Ozturk went to Jamaica to meet Kartel in 2019 after they started corresponding about four years earlier. And though she admitted that her partner’s incarceration “does cause some difficulties”,  she said she’s willing to wait.  “Of course it does cause some difficulties, I can’t see him when I want to see him or I can’t talk to him When I to talk to him but when you know what you want and where your heart is it is not difficult. So, I am willing to wait.”

Adding that her fiancé’s charisma makes up for they not being able to physically touch each other.

“Well, there’s glass between us so we don’t get to touch each other. We just look and talk through some little holes that are in the wood beneath the glass, so it’s not perfect, but we’re making the most of what we can. Oh the man I love, he’s so witty, even when you’re angry or you’re upset about something, he knows how to turn that around, and he can just make you laugh, and make you see the brighter side of things,” she said.

In an interview with FOX 5 New York last year, Kartel claimed that his incarceration was an effort to get rid of him because of his influence – not for murder. “It was never about me charged for murder, it was about getting rid of Vybz Kartel, not Adidja Palmer, the person,” the dancehall star said.

“They told us, they say we have too much influence. If you remember when Mavado and I had that little feud a few years ago, we went to King’s House, which is like the home of the prime minister, and they told us we are leading the kids astray and if we don’t stop what we are doing, we are not going to get permission to do shows. It has always been about the influence we have,” he added.

Kartel’s interview came in the wake of a fresh appeal his attorney Isat Buchanan filed at the Privy Council in the United Kingdom based on new evidence, Loop Jamaica reported.

And per the appeal, the incarcerated musician and his attorney are claiming a British digital expert has been able to establish the convicted murderer’s phone was tampered with after it was confiscated by authorities following his arrest. He told Fox 5 New York that he’s hopeful the appeal will be successful. The Privy Council is an advisory body to the British Monarch.




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