Court set for the 10 June hearing to determine Vybz Kartel's future

Vybz Kartel

The Court of Appeal of Jamaica determined for the next 10 of June the hearing in which the defense of Vybz Kartel and its 3 co-accused and the Prosecutor's Office will present their arguments to decide whether to hold a new trial for the death of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

This hearing will define the future of the dancehall star and his co-defendants ​​Shawn “Shawn Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John after last 14 March the Privy Council decided to annul the trial of 2014.

The Privy Council, the last judicial instance of Jamaica, sent the case to the Court of Appeals of Jamaica, which will have to decide whether to hold a new trial or let the accused go free..

Adidja Palmer, Vybz Kartel's real name, it's been more than 13 in prison and his health condition has deteriorated, so his followers have asked for his release, which could happen if there is a liberating ruling by the Court of Appeals.

Kartel's release has been a topic of debate in Jamaica and a month ago the head of the Prosecutor's Office, Paula Llewellyn, He said his office would ask for a new trial..

“I think we would be obligated to do it. (ask for a new trial), given the strength of the prosecution case that was presented and given the authority and jurisprudence”, Llewellyn said at the time after the Privy Council decision.

At the same time, Kartel's lawyer, Isat Buchanan, He assured that he is confident that the dancehall star and his three co-defendants will not have to face a new trial for the murder of “Lizard” Williams.

“Our courts have already ruled that eight years is a long time, They carry 13 years locked up. Witness Availability, are witnesses available? And we are not just talking about the material witness, We are talking about officers who have retired and then, what about the tests? What about advertising? What about the prospects of having a fair hearing?”, Kartel's defender said in turn.