In the appeal filed by convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel, a case management hearing is set for Thursday (May 31), Hype Life Magazine has learned.
It is expected to be the final case management conference before July 9 when Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, and his co-accused begin a legal challenge to their murder convictions before the Appeal Court.
Tom Tavares-Finson, one of Kartel’s attorneys, told media reporters that Thursday’s case management conference is to ensure that everything is in order to allow the appeal to commence.
However, the lawyer, who is known for holding centre-stage every time he engages in a meaningful cross-examination, revealed that everything is in place as all the attorneys for the four men, along with prosecutors, have filed their skeletal arguments with the Court of Appeal.
Kartel’s lawyers are extremely confident that the appeal will be successful, sources disclosed.
Last year, Valerie Neita Robertson, another attorneys in the high profile murder appeal case, expressed that she has all confidence in the country’s legal system.
“We don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted in any way,” said Robertson told the Jamaica STAR.
“We have confidence that if we put our arguments properly, we will be listened to and then it will be a matter for them (the Court) to deliver their judgment,” she added.
She oozed confidence while she remarking on the embattled deejay’s chance of beating his appeal.
The appeal, which includes fellow entertainer, Shawn Storm, real name Shawn Campbell, as well as their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John, is expected to last for three weeks.
Vybz Kartel and the other three men were were granted leave to appeal their conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal in March of this year.
The four were given life sentences at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston in March 2014 for involvement in the murder of associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The sentencing of the “Fever” deejay and three other co-accused followed a 65-day trial, the longest in Jamaican history.