Vybz Kartel, who has been imprisoned for 6 years, hopes to have his sentence overturned in the Court of Appeal early next year.
The incarcerated deejay’s lawyers are extremely confident that the appeal will be successful.
Although they “don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted,” his defense team seeks to prove that the “Kremlin” deejay “did not get a fair trial”
Valerie Neita Robertson, one of the attorneys in Vybz Kartel’s murder appeal case, recently told media reporters 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.
“We don’t want to brag, we are working assiduously on the appeal, we are being very detailed in what we argue before the court to substantiate our claim that Kartel didn’t get a fair trial,” she told Loop Jamaica.
The lawyer also revealed that the appeal is “progressing pretty well,” despite having “some delays.”
“The appeal is progressing pretty well, we have seen some delays, but don’t worry about that, that is on the management and administrative side,” she said.
“but other than that, things are progressing well. We have certain things to do within a prescribed time and it will be done,” she added.
Kartel’s case for appeal is expected to begin in February, but Neita-Robertson, who is part of the team of lawyers representing the deejay, said there will be a number of case management dates leading up to that time.
She expressed that during the case management process, lawyers will be making sure that everything is in order before the appeal gets underway.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and his three co-accused, including Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and entertainer Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, 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.
Kartel must serve 35 years before becoming eligible for parole. He is currently at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston.
His co-accused, Jones and Campbell are to serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole. St John, will do 30 years before being considered for parole.