Since the start of the new year, reports have been circulating online that Jamaican superstar Vybz Kartel has won his court appeal and has been released from jail on a US$2 million bail.
The reports claim that the “Fever” deejay’s incarceration has been among the grounds of unfair trial, miscarriage of justice and lack of evidence.
Hype Life Magazine has confirmed that Vybz Kartel, who has recently been transferred from the Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road and placed at the maximum security Tower Street Adult Correctional Facility in Kingston, is still behind bars.
However, Tom Tavares-Finson, one of the deejay’s attorneys, has recently confirmed that the appeal against Vybz Kartel’s life-sentence conviction may take place very soon.
“The transcripts have been reviewed and are just about ready. So it is possible that the bid for an appeal is likely,” Tavares-Finson told media reporters.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adijah Palmer, was ordered to serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole.
Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel’s music continues to be in demand.
The “Colouring This Life” deejay has recently received 7 nominations across 6 categories, having received 2 nominations for Favourite Music Collaboration at this years staging of the Youth View Awards.
Vybz Kartel’s latest album, “King of the Dancehall” has been ranked the top-selling dancehall title for 2016.
“King of the Dancehall” finished the year as the number 13 top-selling overall album on Billboard’s top reggae albums for 2016. It features songs including the chart-topping “Fever,” “Western Union,” and “Which Friend.”