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VYBZ KARTEL NEWS: APPEAL TRIAL OF VYBZ KARTEL SET FOR MONDAY, JULY 9

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  The appeal hearing for dancehall sensation, Vybz Kartel,  who was convicted of murder along with three of his associates in 2014, is scheduled for Monday, July 9, and his legion of supportive fans are holding a collective breath, anxious for the World Boss' release. 

In April, legal team filed supplementary grounds and skeleton arguments in the Court of Appeal in downtown Kingston to have his 2014 murder conviction overturned.

 

The team — comprising top-flight attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson, Valerie Neita Robertson, and Bert Samuels — outlined 12 reasons why the entertainer should be freed.

 

The lawyers believe that the sentence is "manifestly excessive" and that trial judge Justice Lennox Campbell made errors which amounted to serious constitutional breaches as well as abrogation of established principles designed to protect the rights of the citizens on trial. 

 

The artiste, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. He will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years. He is currently at the St. Catherine District prison in Spanish Town. 

 

Kartel was convicted along with the co-accused Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell. All received life sentences. St John will do 30 years before being considered for parole. Jones and Campbell are to serve 25 years before they will be considered eligible for parole.

 

The documents submitted by the attorneys outlined a litany of errors made by the trial judge that led to Kartel's conviction. 

 

One of the attorneys' main bone of contention is that Justice Campbell erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and there was more than reasonable doubt about the phones' integrity.

 

It is also argued that Justice Campbell erred in admitting videographic evidence which was "highly prejudicial and, of little, if any, probative value". By so doing, he invited the jury to speculate about the contents of the video and any possible linkages to Vybz Kartel, thereby compounding the prejudice and denying him a fair trial.

 

The document further stated that Justice Campbell gave inadequate directions in respect to the law of interference or to apply the law relating to it, thereby denying the jury appropriate tools to enable a fair and balanced assessment to the case.

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