Vybz Kartel’s Appeal hearing starts today July 9, 2018 - The long-awaited appeal hearing for incarcerated Dancehall artiste, Vybz Kartel and his co-accused, is set to start today.
The appeal case is set to finally begin in the Jamaica Court of Appeal this morning, four years after his attorneys filed the motion.
The deejay’s legal team is highly confident they can overturn the entertainer’s current life sentence for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams as the trial was marred by several irregularities.
Vybz Kartel was convicted along with three other men including fellow entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell.
The Court of Appeal Court has ruled that it will allow the attorneys for Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts to introduce fresh evidence in challenging their 2014 conviction for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
The panel of Court of Appeal president Justice Dennis Morrison, Justice Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams, granted the application a short while ago.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their convictions quashed.
Their lawyers had applied for the following evidence to be admitted:
1. An affidavit given by attorney-at-law Kimberli Whittaker.
Whittaker's affidavit includes the statements of two jurors who served in the entertainers' 2014 murder trial.
Update: Vybz Kartel Appeal July 16, 2018
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Defence attorney Bert Samuels this morning accused
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Paula Llewellyn of aiding and
abetting an attempt to pervert the course of justice.
Samuels, who is representing Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, told the judges in the Court of Appeal that when the DPP was made aware of allegations that a juror in the Vybz Kartel murder trial had reportedly tried to bribe other jurors, she should have used her prosecutorial powers under the Constitution to stop the case.
Samuels also accused the DPP of prosecutorial misconduct, which he said occurred when she recommended that the jurors be warned and for the trial to continue on learning about the alleged bribery attempt by one of the jurors.
Vybz Kartel Appeal Hearing update July 17, 2018:Defence attorney Bert Samuels this morning said that no consideration should be given to a re-trial in the case of Vybz Kartel and his co-appellants as it is not in the interest of justice and would only serve to give the prosecution a chance to correct multiple deficiencies in the case.
Samuels, who is representing Shawn "Shawn Storm" Campbell, argued that the multiple defects in the case goes beyond technical defects, mentioning the cell phone that contains the damning text about Clive “Lizard” Williams being chopped up "fine fine" along with the video of the alleged murder.
He said if the phone, which was also used multiple times while in police custody, was deemed inadmissible; the prosecution would only be left with the evidence of the main witness, which is filled with inconsistencies.
Campbell is appealing the life sentence imposed on him in 2014 for the murder of Williams along with Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer, Andre St John and Kahira Jones.