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Attorney says Kartel’s weakening heart cannot survive another trial

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by Tanesha Mundle (Jamaica Gleaner) Incarcerated entertainer Vybz Kartel’s heart functionality has been reduced by at least 50 per cent over the last year and has increased his chances of death, one of his attorneys says.

Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan made the disclosure while arguing that the entertainer, whose Graves disease is worsening, will not be able to withstand another trial with his heart condition.

Citing a medical report prepared by Dr Karen Phillips on June 3 and accompanying affidavit, Buchanan said, “A retrial in circumstances where it is not his fault, it is the inability to get the type of treatment to save his life would be unfair to him and would not be in the interest of justice to order a retrial to put him through this ordeal which, certainly on medical evidence, is something he would not sustain.

“Morbidity is the reality of mortality,” he added.

Buchanan also pointed to a psychological report, which he used to highlight the emotional toll and mental stress experienced by Vybz Kartel since his incarceration.

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