King Charles directs the Jamaican government to cover Vybz Kartel’s legal fees post successful appeal

By Majesty 2 Min Read
Vybz Kartel

Following his successful appeal of his murder conviction, Vybz Kartel, a well-known dancehall star, was awarded legal costs from the Jamaican government by UK authorities.

Kartel, whose true name is Adidja Azim Palmer, was found guilty in 2014 of his involvement in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, a former colleague. This was originally revealed by Face2Face Africa. Kartel was given a life sentence. Known by his stage name “Worl’ Boss,” he has been imprisoned in Jamaica since his arrest in 2011 for the widely reported murder.

Based on fresh information, Kartel’s attorney, Isat Buchanan, appealed his conviction to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom in 2021. In addition to Kartel, 48, the Jamaican government was mandated to pay the legal fees of three other defendants found guilty of the murder, according to Observer Online.

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The order, dated April 10, 2024, and signed by a Privy Council clerk, said that “His Majesty was pleased by and with the advice of His Privy Council to approve the report and to order that those charged with administering the Government of Jamaica and all others whom it may concern are to ensure that it is punctually observed and obeyed.”

The judgement also emphasised four points, including that the convictions of the appellants should be overturned due to juror misconduct and that the “appeal should be allowed.”

The third recommendation said, “The case should be remitted to the Court of Appeal to determine whether to order a re-trial as soon as reasonably practicable.” The fourth point said, “The Respondent should pay the Appellants’ costs, the amount of those costs to be assessed if not agreed.”

The local Court of Appeal will rehearse the murder case following the Privy Council’s March verdict. In order to decide whether She Holding Onsinger and his co-defendants should be released or if the case should be retried, the Court of Appeal is scheduled to meet on June 10.

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