Vybz Kartel recently blasted Jamaica’s justice system as the wait for a verdict in his appeal trial intensifies.
The Instagram account of the incarcerated Dancehall’s recently shared a post that criticized the court system.
The Instagram Story also threatened to take Vybz Kartel’s appeal case to the high court in the United Kingdom.
“4 months of trial wid 6k page a transcription, then unuh take one hour fi cook up man and convict.. one f***in hour! now we affi wait one year fi appeal?” the post read.
“Fool unuh take man fa but hurry up and finish unuh crucifiction so we can get real justice a UK me never stop bun boasty slave.”
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with fellow entertainer Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were found guilty in 2014 of the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams after a trial lasted for 65 days. The four men were all given mandatory life sentences with the self-proclaimed “Worl’Boss” ordered to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole. Campbell, Jones and St John were ordered to each serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole.
Among the scripts, the admission of ‘contaminated’ evidence during their 17-week murder trial. Chief among the ‘contaminated’ evidence was a BlackBerry message that was reportedly lifted from the entertainer’s mobile phone. During the appeal, the Prosecution argued that the integrity of the evidence remains intact and asked the judges to treat the message as admission to murder.
However, after several months, a blanket of uncertainty still hovers over Kartel’s appeal case, as the date when the verdict will be announced remains unknown.
Vybz Kartel’s attorney, Bert Samuels told media reporters that the waiting time the team is now facing is not unusual.
“This appeal is 10 times the size of a normal appeal, and, therefore, it will take much longer than the usual nine months that I have to wait to hear something. The trial lasted four and a half months, the average murder case lasts two weeks. There were 6,500 pages of evidence presented that they will have to now comb through again,” he told The Star.
“But the moment I do (know the date), trust me, it will spread like wildfire.”