Fans of Vybz Kartel are angry following online reports that the incarcerated entertainer’s appeal was granted on Monday, April 1st.
The report, which has been identified as an April Fool’s prank, was been met by harsh criticism from fanatics of the Dancehall superstar.
The rumor, which was first published by 18KarratReggae, claimed that Vybz Kartel “has won his appeal on a murder charge for which he was serving a life sentence and should be out of prison later this month.”
Apparently, the fake report includes several false quotations from Vybz Kartel’s attorney, Bert Samuels, which made the story appeared realistic to many online users.
The hoax story included that Samuels “got a call from the clerk for the lead appeals judge telling him to report to the Court of Appeal in Kingston immediately as they had come to a decision,” and upon his arrival, the Appeal judges revealed that they “took into account all the evidence presented at the appeal trial and decided that there were flaws in the original trial that violated [Vybz Kartel’s] rights. So they overturned his conviction.”
The fake news also stated that Vybz Kartel was “extremely happy because his career has been terribly affected for many years” and that he “is very grateful that justice has prevailed.” The article went as far as adding that “once the Worl’ Boss has had a chance to spend quality time with family and friends, his next order of duty will be to go on a world tour titled ‘Long Wait for Justice’.”
While the story has been confirmed as fake, the “Fever” deejay’s defense team has yet to make a statement about it. Efforts to get in touch with Kartel’s management were futile.
This comes just a day after Kartel’s Instagram account shared a post criticizing the length of time the appeal process was taking.
Vybz Kartel, along with fellow entertainer Shawn Storm, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, was found guilty of murder in 2014 of the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams after a trial that lasted 65 days. They are currently awaiting the verdict of their appeal which was wrapped up in the court last year July.