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Vybz Kartel highly anticipated appeal trial has been pushed back to a new date.
The dancehall artist’s appeal trial was originally set for February 19, 2018, but the case has been pushed back to July 9th next year. Vybz Kartel team of lawyers led by Tom Tavares-Finson filed a motion asking the appeal court judges for more time to prepare for the case. The motion was approved and a new date has been agreed upon. This means that the Gazanation deejay will have to wait an additional five months to know his fate.
Three weeks has been set aside for the July appeal trial where the defense will make its case that the artist was not given a fair trial due to the numerous issues with the case such as evidence tampering and witness intimidation. The prosecution team will also make their case for the conviction to stay in place by citing the numerous evidence against the four co-accused, Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John.
All four men are serving life imprisonment with Vybz Kartel getting the longest sentence before he gets a parole hearing. He will have to serve at least 35 years and by that time he will be 72 years old. His dancehall protege Shawn Storm and close friend Kahira Jones will have to serve 25 years before parole, while St John will have to serve 15 years minimum. The four men have been behind bars since 2011 and were convicted in 2014, which means they would have already served six years. All four men have maintained their innocence.
Despite his incarceration for half a decade, Vybz Kartel continues to dominate dancehall with his music. At one point he was under investigation by the correctional department for illegally recording music in prison. But he is still putting out a consistent supply of new music.
Vybz Kartel already released five new singles since the start of September and this week we will be getting two additional new tracks including a potential Alkaline diss.
The incarcerated deejay has been quiet throughout the summer while his mega-hit “Fever” continues to make waves in the mainstream market. Clearly, he has been recording new material and was perhaps waiting for all the noise during the summer to die down before dropping some new music. Kartel is known for releasing a flood of music on the airwaves so while his new releases have slowed down, it doesn’t mean that he isn’t still recording, sources inside the Gaza told us.
“We dropping two new songs this week just and we just getting started,” sources told DHH. “One of the songs will for sure stir up some controversy but the fans always look deep into what Worl’Boss is saying in his songs that just how it always is from day one.” During the summer, some Gazanation fans started begging Vybz Kartel to release new music following a brief period of dormancy. Clearly, the Gaza boss has been listening to his fans.
Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, and his three co-convicts, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, are currently awaiting their appeal trial set for February 18, 2018. His attorney, Tom Tavares-Finason has already submitted his skeletal argument to the Appeal Court judges.