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Appeal to the Privy Council by Vybz Kartel rejected | TalkUpDiTingsDem News

Appeal to the Privy Council by Vybz Kartel rejected | TalkUpDiTingsDem News

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Vybz Kartel

Dancehall icon Vybz Kartel has lost a protracted legal struggle to overturn his murder conviction before Jamaica’s highest court in the United Kingdom Privy Council.
Kartel, whose true name is Adidja Palmer, together with his co-accused Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St. John were designated as appellants against The King in a report by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
The appellants received conditional leave to appeal the Jamaica Court of Appeal’s April 2020 decision upholding their 2014 murder conviction in September 2020.
Tuesday’s report from the committee stated, “Having taken into account written arguments from the Appellants and the Respondent, we have agreed to recommend to Your Majesty as our view that permission to appeal should be refused in the application of 20 November 2020.” (February 21).

Both Kartel’s requests for “an extension of time” and “to depend on new evidence” were turned down.

The grounds, according to the decision, “do not support the claim that a severe miscarriage of justice has occurred in this case.”

Isat Buchanan, Vybz Kartel’s legal counsel, remained silent when contacted.

Isat Buchanan told TalkUpDiTingsDem News that “the case is sub judice.”

Sub judice, which is Latin for “under a judge,” in the context of law denotes that a case or matter is now being tried or taken into consideration by a judge or court.


Vybz Kartel heads to court (August 11, 2014)


In 2014, Kartel and co-defendants Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St. John were found guilty of killing Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams in 2011.

They are all incarcerated for life as required by law.

Kartel was given a sentence of 35 years in prison in 2014, while St. John was given a 30-year sentence. Jones and Shawn Storm were both given a 25-year sentence.

The Jamaica Court of Appeal reduced their sentences by two and a half years apiece in April 2020.



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