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Talia Soares


Sept 27, 2017

Talia Soares


Kartel’s attorneys confident ahead of appeal5 min read

The appeal of Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel is coming in in a few months and Valerie Neita-Robertson, one of the attorneys working on the murder appeal case, says she has all confidence in the country’s legal system. Roberston stated that they don’t regard the court of appeal as tainted in anyway and they have confidence that if they put their arguments properly, they will be listened to and then it will be a matter for them (the Court) to deliver their judgement.

Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He was convicted along with Shawn Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones in the Home Circuit Court in March 2014.

The sentencing of Kartel and three other co-accused followed a 65-day trial, the longest in Jamaican history.

Kartel’s case for appeal is expected to begin in February, but Neita-Robertson, who is part of the team of lawyers representing the deejay, said there will be a number of case management dates leading up to that time. She explained that during the case management process, lawyers will be making sure that everything is in order before the appeal gets under way.

The attorney did not go into details she affirmed that the necessary work is being done.

Kartel was hospitalised on Monday after complaining of pains in his side from last Wednesday. He is currently receiving treatment at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Neita-Robertson said she hopes the doctors treating the deejay have the matter under control and that he will be OK soon.