[ January 11, 2024 by que127@hotmail.co.uk 0 Comments ]

Vybz Kartel to appeal murder conviction in UK

Vybz Kartel JAILED DANCEHALL star will appeal will his murder conviction in the United Kingdom next month.

Kartel remains one of Jamaica’s biggest music stars and is fondly referred to as the ‘King of the Dancehall.’ His biggest track hit 84 million views called “Summertime”.
Kartel’s lawyer, Isat Buchanan, expresses optimism for a complete overturn of the conviction, citing potential issues with key evidence, such as a text message believed to be from Kartel’s phone, which he claims was tampered with during the trial.

He said “We are looking for a complete overturn of the conviction,” Buchanan told the news outlet. Our hope is that the Privy Council in reviewing the evidence including the fresh evidence that will be put before them, would come to the conclusion that everyone who has looked at the case or certainly has access to the material, will find that the conviction is unsafe and cannot stand.”

The hearing is expected to take place on 14 February at the UK’s Privy Council – which serves as the highest court of appeal for several Commonwealth countries including Jamaica.

Notably, Vybz Kartel holds the distinction of being the first dancehall artist to feature in his own reality TV show, a testament to his widespread acclaim. Despite his imprisonment, the 48-year-old artist’s appeal is scheduled for February 14 at the UK’s Privy Council, the highest court of appeal for Commonwealth countries, including Jamaica.

The London-based hearing, commencing on February 14, will also address the appeals of Kartel’s co-defendants Shawn Campbell (Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones, and André St John. Their convictions were upheld by Jamaica’s Court of Appeal in April 2020, marking the end of the longest-running court case in the nation’s history.

Vybz Kartel, behind bars for almost a decade, faced health concerns last year, battling Graves’ Disease. The artist received a life sentence with parole eligibility after 35 years, while his co-accused have varying parole timelines. If the Privy Council appeal is unsuccessful, Kartel may be eligible for parole in 2046.

The legal journey has been emotionally charged, with Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams’ family expressing satisfaction with the Court of Appeal’s verdict in April 2020. However, the subsequent permission granted to the convicted men to appeal to the Privy Council in the UK reopens the possibility of a different outcome, injecting uncertainty into this prolonged legal saga.

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