Vybz Kartel Seemingly Says “Delay as much as you want there’s no stopping it” In Reply To Retrial Decision Being Set For July

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 3:40 PM GMT-5

The Jamaica Court of Appeal announced on Tuesday that their decision on whether Vybz Kartel and his co-accused will be retried will take place no later than July, a decision Kartel seemingly views as a delay tactic.

The hearing to decide the release or retrial of Kartel, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Andre St. John, and Kahira Jones for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams began in the Court of Appeal on May 29.

Following submissions by the defence and the prosecution, Justice Marva McDonald-Bishop announced today that the court’s decision will be handed down no later than July 2024, when the court term is scheduled to end.

Following today’s hearing, apparently Kartel took to his Twitter/X page, as he seemingly views the announcement as a delay, but the artiste expressed confidence in his freedom.

“Delay as much as you want there’s no stopping it,” Kartel wrote, reacting to a Jamaica Observer article on the Court of Appeal’s decision.

Fans of the artiste replied in the comment section to express their support, with one fan stating, “Freedom soon mi DJ stay strong n keep ya head up.”

The decision to retry or free Kartel, Campbell, St. John, and Jones will be made by justices Marva McDonald-Bishop, Paulette Williams, and David Fraser. During today’s hearing, McDonald-Bishop said that the court is aware of the various issues surrounding the case, especially the concerns regarding Kartel’s health.

Additionally, McDonald-Bishop expressed that deciding if a retrial should be allowed was not an easy task and that “now the hard work is to begin.”

“The defence is saying no retrial… I’m always confident,” stated Kartel’s lead lawyer Isat Buchanan dueinf an interview after Tuesday’s proceedings in court in Kingston.

He used the interview to highlight the fact that a lot of new evidence was presented to the court hence a lengthy time is expected for a ruling because of the amount of documents to review, “we inundated them with paper,” he revealed.

He also stated that 100s of other cases were pushed back, as a result of this case. Check out what he had to say in the slides below via Irie FM.


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