UPDATE: Alkaline still in police custody

ACP Ealan Powell and Attorney Peter Champagnie

Dancehall entertainer Alkaline remains behind bars Friday afternoon as investigators continue their probe into allegations of gang activity and last month's murder of a man in Marverly, St. Andrew.

Assistant Commissioner Ealan Powell, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) said investigators will determine over the weekend whether to release Alkaline.

"We have a few more questions that we'd like to ask of him and at the end of that, a determination will be made," he said.
Meanwhile, Attorney Peter Champagnie, who represents the artiste, said he is awaiting a decision from the Police High Command on the fate of his client.

"I had expected that they would have communicated their position to me.... I have not heard back from them and as a result of that, despite the fact that I have made a call to them to which I have not gotten a response, I intend to put the matter before the court on Monday if he is not released by then," said the attorney.

Alkaline, who turned himself in on Thursday, was questioned for several hours and held overnight for further questioning on Friday.


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