Dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-convicts were granted leave to appeal their conviction and sentences on Wednesday, March 15.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, along with Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were sentenced on April 3, 2014 to life imprisonment for the August 16, 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
The four men, who claim they got an unfair trial and that there was a miscarriage of justice in the matter, are now free to move forward with their appeals in the Court of Appeal.
This means that Kartel and his co-convicts are now free to be heard in the Court of Appeal in their bid to overturn their conviction and sentence.
Vybz Kartel and his legal team, led by Tom Tavares-Finson, are seeking a new trial citing several issues with the case that sent the “Worl Boss” deejay to prison for life. In documents, Tavares-Finson generates attention to police tampering with evidence and witness intimidation by law enforcement among other problems with the case.
Vybz Kartel was ordered to serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole.
Campbell and Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.