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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 was released from the University Hospital of the West Indies last night and was escorted back to prison.
The “Mhm Hm” deejay spent a week getting treatment for a severe kidney infection at the UWI Hospital. Dancehall HipHop learned that he was visited by his mother, his wife and kids, and his attorney. Sources told us that he is in good spirit and is feeling much better than a week ago when he was rushed to the emergency room after complaining about feeling severe pain in his side.
Vybz Kartel, whose government name is Adidja Palmer, is currently serving life for a murder conviction back in 2014. Fortunately for him, an appeal court judge gave his attorneys the green light to proceed with his appeal case which is set for February next year. His lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, has expressed confidence in winning the appeal trial and getting the artist freedom.
Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre ST John, have all maintained their innocence. During the controversial trial, his attorneys argued in court that police officers tampered with evidence used to convict the four men, and even intimidated a witness for the defense. The murder victim, Clive “Lizard” William, body was never found. The prosecution played audio recordings in court where the accused men discussed the murder while revealed that William’s body was dismembered and disposed of in the sea.
Some people inside Kartel’s circle are alleging that someone inside of the prison might have poisoned the dancehall star. We reached out to police sources who told us that there are no reports or active investigation into the allegation. Kartel has been behind bars since 2011, and this is his third time visiting the hospital for an illness since his incarceration. Get well soon Addi.
Vybz Kartel defense attorneys are expressing confidence that the Jamaica Court of Appeal will fee the dancehall star come next year.
Adidja Palmer, Kartel government name, is currently in prison for a 2014 murder conviction. He was sentence to life with eligibility for parole in 35 years. Shortly after his sentencing he filed an appeal on the grounds that the trial was tainted. One of his defense lawyers, Valerie Neita-Robertson, says the defense team is confident that they will put forth an argument in the appeal court that will vindicate the artist.
“We don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted in anyway,” Neita-Robertson said. “We have confidence that if we put our arguments properly, we will be listened to and then it will be a matter for them (the Court) to deliver their judgement.”
Vybz Kartel murder case was tried in the Home Circuit Court and at the end of the trial, he along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were found guilty of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. The four men were each given life sentences. The defense argued that there were a number of things wrong with the case including witness intimidating from law enforcement, and evidence tampering from police officers who handled the case.
The defense attorney says the team of lawyers are currently preparing for the appeal trial set for February 2018.