‘I’m 100 per cent sure I should be set free’ - Kartel positive he will be cleared by appeal court

April 01, 2020
Incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel.
Incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel.
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel

Despite recent allegations of contraband being found in his possession and possible sanctions to follow as a result of the violation, incarcerated dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel remains upbeat about the outcome of his pending appeal.

In comments sent via Gaza's vice-president, Sikka Rhymes, the World Boss expressed that although the process has been long and winding, he has not and will not allow it to take a toll on him mentally or emotionally.

"I am not a robot, but mi nuh rule by emotion. I never bow to anyone or anything, not even stress," he said. "As always, I keep myself occupied by doing productive stuff. Reading and writing cure any boredom."

Vybz Kartel, and his co-accused Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were convicted in 2014 for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

They were all given mandatory life sentences but the Fever deejay was ordered to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.

Campbell, Jones and St John were ordered to each serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole. But the attorneys for Kartel and his three co-convicts argued during an appeal last year that their right to a fair trial was prejudiced by a number of factors. Among them, the admission of 'contaminated' evidence during their 17-week murder trial.

Extended test

Kartel, through his emissary, told THE STAR that after years being locked up, waiting on a verdict from the appeal is just an extended test and he has mastered the art of exercising patience.

"I've been here for eight years waiting, therefore, impatience is not an option or an emotion that can serve me any good. In any case, I already know how Jamaica's system operates ... at its own pace.

"I feel very upbeat about the case. Weak evidence, fabricated evidence and prosecutorial misconduct aside, there is absolutely nothing to worry about in law. I'm 100 per cent sure I should be set free. Legally, there is very little to be concerned about. But put the 'Kartel factor' in the mix and everything gets complicated," he continued.

Should things work in the deejay's favour and he is set free when a verdict is finally handed down, the entertainer said he would be branching out and making space on the local dancehall scene for young artistes.

"Anything I'm doing, it won't be from here. Mi a try mi luck elsewhere and, in any event, weh else is there to do? Stan up inna dance an fight fi space wid upcoming artiste?" he questioned. "No! What is life without growth? Man affi branch out and lef space fi di youth dem. Plus a full time now Babylon find another scapegoat. Mek dem find smaddy else blame! Mi gone."

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