Sunday 31 May, 2020

Court rejects Vybz Kartel appeal

Vybz Kartel

Vybz Kartel

Dancehall star Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer will remain behind bars.

This, after the Court of Appeal on Friday rejected his appeal of his conviction and sentence for the 2011 slaying of his associate, Clive ‘Lizard' Williams.

The three-member panel of the court, headed by President, Dennis Morrison, Frank Williams and Patrick Brooks, announced the verdict shortly before 10 am Friday.

They did not immediately offer reasons for their decision.

Kartel’s attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, has indicated that he will be taking the matter all the way to the United Kingdom Privy Council.

The decision is a blow to the legions of diehard Gaza fans who have patiently waited for nearly 10 years with hopes of seeing the self-proclaimed ‘World Boss’ walk free. While he was convicted in 2014, Kartel has been behind bars since September, 2011.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve 35 years before becoming eligible for parole.

His co-accused are Shawn Campbell, also called Shaw Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John. They were also sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that they be eligible for parole after 25 years.

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