Jamaican Dancehall superstar Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel has a reason to smile from behind bars after he was granted a leave to appeal in the UK.
On Friday, Kartel and his co-accused, Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones, scored a major win in the Jamaican Court of Appeal when a judge granted them leave to take their case to the UK’s Privy Council.
The four men lost their appeal in Jamaica’s Court of Appeal in April 2020 and vowed that they would take their case to the highest court, Privy Council in the United Kingdom.
Appeal judge, Justice Nicole Simmonds granted the four men accused of the murder of Clive ‘Lizzard’ Williams a chance to fight for their freedom at Privy council according to the Jamaican constitution.
“The applicants are granted conditional leave to appeal to her majesty in council the decision of the Court of Appeal delivered on 3rd and 17th of April 2020, pursuant to section 110 subsection 2B of the Jamaica constitution for consideration of the question below subparagraph 8. ‘Does the charter of fundamental right and freedom affects the court’s authority to admit into evidence material acquired secured or polluted in breach of the rights and freedoms that the charter guaranteed and if so in what way.’” she said
The Court of Appeal judge also granted the four men leave to the court’s handling of fresh evidence in the controversial murder case.
Vybz Kartel is being represented by attorney Isat Buchanan, while Shawn Storm, whose lead attorney is Bert Samuels, is being represented by Bianca Samuels.
Attorney John Clarke has taken on the case of Kartel’s other two co-accused, Andre St John and Kahira Jones. The defence attorneys now have 90 days to get their case together and dispatch documents to the Privy Council.
To celebrate the new development, Vybz Kartel has released a new song dubbed ‘Don’t stop’ which fans are gushing over as the gaza king takes them through his sexual exploits.
Earlier this year, the aced dancehall star was granted a reduced sentenced when the Court of Appeal reduced his eligibility for parole time from 35 years to 32 years and 6 months.
The Privy Council is Kartel and Shawn Storm’s last bet at securing their freedom.