Vybz Kartel will not be in court this week for his appeal trial, and we
have the exclusive why.
Vybz Kartel could learn his fate in the Jamaica Court of Appeal as
early as this week. The trial kicked off on Monday , July 16th and was
adjourned until the next Monday. The long-awaited case was also
slashed by two weeks, which means it could be wrapped and a
verdict reached in as little as one week.
Despite the seriousness of the case, Vybz Kartel and his three co-
accused will not be in court and neither were they in court on
Monday. The dancehall deejay’s attorney, Valarie Neita-Robertson,
says he made the decision not to attend court. “I believe Mr Palmer
is very anxious and he prefers not to be here, so we give him that
option,” she said.
Neita-Robertson says Kartel is fully aware of everything that his
legal team is doing and all the arguments that they will present in
court and he has an input. She assured us that he has full faith in
their capabilities and made the decision himself no to be in court.
Urban Islandz sources inside Kartel’s camp told us exclusively that
he doesn’t want to be a distraction in the courtroom and wants to
avoid the media spectacle surrounding the case. “He made the
decision not to attend court and it makes perfect sense because the
media and his fans will be there and he doesn’t want the
distraction,” a rep for the deejay said.
Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm”
Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, are all hoping that the
Court of Appeal will exonerate them of their murder conviction. The
four men are serving life sentences for the murder of Clive “Lizard”
Williams who cops say was beaten to death at a home in Havendale
belonging to Kartel.