‘I would take a chance’ - Donna Hope says she would go to Privy Council if she were Vybz Kartel

April 07, 2020
Neita Robertson
Neita Robertson
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel
Professor Donna Hope
Professor Donna Hope

Vybz Kartel's Gazanation has been told not to "get weary" following the loss of his appeal against his murder conviction.

One of the entertainer's lawyers, Valerie Neita Robertson, has made it clear that they will be seeking leave to appeal the matter at the Privy Council in London, Jamaica's final court of appeal.

Professor Donna Hope, a cultural and entertainment authority, said she can understand why Kartel would want to take the fight all the way to the top.

"He's going to spend a lot of money taking the case to the Privy Council, and I can't speak for him or his team, but if I were in his shoes and I have the resources, I'm taking my chances. With more than two decades to go in prison and at the age of 44 with known health issues, I'm going to the next level," Hope said.

Kartel has been in lock-up since September 29, 2011. They were convicted in 2014 for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams. He has been sentenced to 35 years, while his co-defendants Shawn 'Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment.

Neita Robertson is convinced "He did not get a fair trial". She said that she was not surprised by the outcome of the appeal, despite the strong arguments that were put before the courts for the convictions to be overturned.

"The public pressure is such that there is a lot of negatives for Vybz Kartel from certain persons and areas of the society, so I expected it," she said.

Kartel's business partner and co-author of the deejay's book, The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto, Michael Dawson, said that the deejay may fare better now that the case will no longer be handled by the Jamaican justice system.

"Kartel totally understands the system, he has no illusions about it. He tried to be confident about being given fairness in Jamaica, but deep down he knew how it was," Dawson said.

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