BY BRIAN BONITTO—
ALKALINE spent another night at the Hunts Bay Police Station’s lock-up in Kingston yesterday.
According to the dancehall deejay’s lawyer Peter Champagnie, he has not been charged.
“He remains in custody of the police. However, if he’s not released before Monday, I’ll be going to court to file a writ of habeas corpus,” Champagnie told Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Habeas corpus is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
The attorney-at-law said there were no interview sessions yesterday.
“They (the police) concluded yesterday (Thursday). My guess is that the police wanted to access the information,” said Champagnie.
Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, director of the Corporate Communications Unit — the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s information arm — confirmed that the question-and-answer sessions were completed but couldn’t say if the artiste would be released soon.
“They [the police] are reviewing the information… He [Alkaline] is still in police custody. As for when he’ll be released, I couldn’t answer that. I really don’t know,” she said.
On Thursday morning, Alkaline (real name is Earlan Bartley) reported to the Area Four Headquarters at Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, accompanied by his lawyer. The deejay was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris in Maverley on January 13.
After an extensive interview with detectives, he was removed to the Criminal Investigation Branch office at the National Commercial Bank Towers in New Kingston for a second session.
By afternoon, he was detained at the Hunts Bay lock-up.
Alkaline is know for songs including Champion Boy, ATM and Conquer The World.