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Kartel, co-convicts to continue bid to take case to Privy Council

Attorneys-at-law Isat Buchanan and Bert Samuels
 
Legal teams for incarcerated dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and his three co-convicts will on Tuesday continue arguments in the Court of Appeal regarding the application seeking leave to take their case to the UK Privy Council.
 
The hearing commenced Monday morning via video link. 
 
Attorney Isat Buchanan, who represents Vybz Kartel, believes there is sufficient grounds for the case involving Kartel and his co-convicts to be reviewed by the Privy Council. 
 
He said the submissions he will make will be based on the "admissibility of tainted evidence in breach of the constitutional rights of Mr. Palmer and others."
 
Attorney Bert Samuels, who represents Shawn Campbell, said the hearing will continue for an hour on Tuesday, after which the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions will respond.
 
According to Mr. Samuels, there are "several matters concerning the interpretation of the constitution and that's the basis on which the matter may be sent to the Privy Council." In addition, he argued that "there were matters of public importance sufficient for the court to certify to be decided on by the Privy Council." 
  
Kartel, along with Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, are serving mandatory life sentences for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
 
In April, they lost their appeals in the Court of Appeal.
 
 
 


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