It has been reported that there’s a tense atmosphere over Vybz Kartel’s camp as the Dancehall star and his co-accused await the appeal court’s verdict.
The three-judge panel in the Jamaica Court of Appeal is currently deliberating the case presented by the defense and prosecution.
On Monday, a source claimed that Vybz Kartel and his team are “nervous as they sit tight and await the verdict.”
“Everyone nervous even the boss [Vybz Kartel] tense because we don’t know when and what the verdict will be,” the source alleged.
“We are confident in what our lawyers presented in court but as I previously stated, the system will try to keep us down, so we are hoping for the best,” the source added.
Kartel’s legal team has expressed their confidence in beating their clients’ appeal after presenting rock solid arguments in the Appeal Court this month. The defense argued that their clients were not being given a fair trial due to several issues such as “prosecutorial misconduct, the trial judge being biased and tampered evidence.”
However, the prosecution slammed back hard while asking the appeal judges to keep the appellants behind bars.
The “Worl Boss” deejay and his co-accused have been languishing behind bars for nearly seven years and have a glimmer of hope with the new ruling.
The four men have maintained their innocence and are now patiently awaiting their appeal verdict.
Meanwhile, fanatics of Vybz Kartel are being told that they may have to wait until December to hear whether he, along with his three co-convicts, have been successful in their appeal against their murder convictions and life sentences.
Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels, who represents Shawn Storm, said that it is unlikely that a ruling will come in days, or even weeks.
“Based on the workload of the court, and the length of this case, I think that the Christmas term, which is next term, is when I hope we will get a decision by,” Samuels said.
Kartel and three of his four co-accused were found guilty in 2014 of the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, marking the end to a keenly watched trial that has lasted for 65 days.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were convicted of the killing of Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, in August 2011.
They were all given the mandatory life sentences with Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, 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.