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Vybz Kartel is not going down without a fight. Attorneys representing the embattled dancehall star has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against outgoing Police Commissioner Owen Ellington.
Kartel’s lead attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson, told Zip FM, that the documents have ben signed by the incarcerated deejay but he had dated them which he shouldn’t have. So he will have to re-sign new docs which will be filed in the next couple of days.
It is unknown how much money Vybz Kartel is suing Owen Ellington for, but sources told Urban Islandz it is in the millions.
“The commissioner is part of a wider conspiracy to bring down Vybz Kartel and this law suit will send a clear message to this corrupt authority,” the source told us requesting anonymity.
In April of this year, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington revealed in an interview with TVJ’s All Angles that Vybz Kartel lead a gang that is responsible for well over a 100 murders.
“Vybz Kartel lead a gang that was responsible for well over a hundred murders,” Owen Ellington said. “We have been telling the country this for a very long time. And every time we move against this gang we were criticized, we were contemned and we were accused of being malicious.”
Ellington recently announced his retirement from being the top cop in Jamaica after just four years on the job.
After Vybz Kartel conviction in February, Ellington defended the police force from widespread criticism of their handling of evidence presented in the high profile murder trial.
Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, is currently serving a life sentence in a maximum security section of the Horizon Remand Center. He will be eligible for parole in 35 years, while his three co-convicts Shawn Storm Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones will have to wait 25 years for parole.
Was Vybz Kartel trying to become a police informant during his gruelling murder trial?
According to a report in the Observer on Sunday, police sources say Vybz Kartel approached the police high command with information about several wanted men and illegal firearms in return for immunity.
According to the police source, Kartel information lead to a massive police investigation that ultimately recovered 17 illegal firearms and the arrest of several wanted men.
“He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him,” the source said. “During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms. He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped.”
The source, who is a senior cop in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, says Vybz Kartel made the offer to become an informant when he realized his back was against the wall in the murder trial for the death of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Urban Islandz sources inside the police force also confirmed that Kartel did met with the police high command.
If these allegations of being a snitch/informer are true, does this mean Vybz Kartel life is in danger in prison?
Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, as well as, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John and Kahira Jones were all convicted on March 13, 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. All four men were handed down life sentences on April 3, 2014.
Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in a maximum security prison and will be eligible for parole in 35 years. Shawn Storm, Andre St. John, and Kahira Jones will be eligible for parole in 25 years, 30 years and 25 years respectively.
The Crown made their case that the four men plotted and murder Clive “Lizard” Williams on August 16, 2011 at Kartel’s house in Havendale.
His body was never recovered.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was moments ago sentenced to 35 years in a Jamaican prison.
The “Dancehall Hero” deejay, affectionately called Worl’Boss by his fans, shed tears asHome Circuit court judge Justice Lennox Campbell handed down the hefty sentence.
Kartel’s protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and his close friends André St John, and Kahira Jones were also handed the lengthy sentence.
The handcuffed men were escorted out of court by heavily armed police officers where they will head straight to a high security prison.
On March 13, 2014, a 10:1 jury convicted the four men in the Home Circuit court in Downtown Kingston for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The guilty verdict sent shock waves throughout the dancehall community worldwide with some fans bemoaned an unfair trial, marred by police corruption and evidence tampering.
Vybz Kartel attorneys has already begin to plot their road to appeal in the Jamaican high court.
But appeal in Jamaican court system could take up to five years given the massive backlog in cases, a police source told Urban Islandz.
Vybz Kartel making music in prison.
This has been a hot topic since his incarceration in 2011. But now a judge and theDepartment of Correctional Services could give the “Romping Shop” deejay the green light to record behind bars.
But it could come with conditions attached.
Yesterday High Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell postponed Vybz Kartel’s highly anticipated sentencing to next week Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, along with Shawn “Storm” Campbell, André St John, and Kahira Jones are facing life imprisonment after being convicted of the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams on March 13, 2014.
Home Circuit court judge Justice Lennox Campbell moments ago announced a postponement of Vybz Kartel’s highly anticipated sentencing.
The judge set his new sentencing hearing for next week Thursday, April 3, 2014.
The postponement came after the judge and lawyers representing the defense and the prosecution came to an agreement that several guidelines pertaining to the sentencing hearing were not met.
Vybz Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, André St John, and Kahira Jones were escorted back to jail by heavily armed police officers.
A large crowd of Vybz Kartel fans is currently outside police barricade shouting “Free Worl’Boss.”
The four accused men are facing a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
A 10:1 jury convicted them in the Jamaican high court on March 13, 2014.
Police has yet to find Williams’ body.
Tom Tavares Finson, the attorney for Vybz Kartel says a decision about whether to appeal the sentence expected to be imposed on the convicted entertainer will be made after today’s hearing.
Justice Lennox Campbell is expected to reveal his decision on the fate of Vybz Kartel and three others in the Home Circuit court this morning.
Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn Campbell otherwise called, Shawn Storm, Kahira Jones and Andre St John were found guilty of the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams almost two weeks ago.
They are facing life sentences.
Tavares Finson says hearing of the appeal against Kartel’s conviction is expected to begin early next year.
The police say there will be restricting access to the area surrounding the Supreme Court where sentencing will take place.
They say several roads in the vicinity will be closed between 9 o’clock in the morning and 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
King Street, on which the Supreme Court building is located, will be closed to vehicular traffic between Harbour Street and South Parade.
Merchants and business operators will be allowed limited access to this area.
Police personnel will man all points of closure, and members of the public are being asked to obey all instructions given by the police