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Privy Council: Vybz Kartel to know fate next Thursday


(Jamaica Observer) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Incarcerated dancehall artiste Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer is expected to know his fate next week as the Privy Council has announced that a ruling in the appeal to overturn his murder conviction will be handed down on Thursday, March 14.

The entertainer, sentenced to life in prison more than a decade ago, had been granted an expedited hearing by the Privy Council in October 2023.

Specifics regarding the deejay’s case were heard in the United Kingdom on February 14 and 15. The decision then, comes just over a month after court proceedings concluded. It was expected that the final decision could take up to 12 weeks.

After a trial lasting 64 days before the trial judge and a jury in the Home Circuit Court, Kartel and his co-accused including Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell were convicted of the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams who was reportedly killed on August 16, 2011.

The police took Kartel and his co-accused into custody on September 30 2011. Their cellular phones were seized. According to the Privy Council’s release, the prosecution relied heavily on evidence derived from these phones, which was taken from “a copy of a CD rom provided by Digicel (a telecommunications provider in Jamaica) in response to a police request.”

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