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DPP satisfied with government's defence in Vybz Kartel UK appeal

DPP Paula Llewellyn, British King's Counsel Peter Knox and Vybz Kartel's attorney Isat Buchanan
By Clinton McGregor    
 
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn says she is satisfied that the government put up a solid defence in the Vybz Kartel appeal and is hopeful of a positive ruling.
 
The Judicial Committee of the UK-based Privy Council has reserved judgment in the murder appeal of dancehall entertainer Adidja 'Vybz Kartel' Palmer following a two-day hearing which concluded Thursday.
 
Kartel and three others were convicted on March 13, 2014 for the murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.
 
The other convicts are Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre 'Mad Suss' St. John.
 
DPP Llewellyn on Thursday said she was "quite pleased" with the arguments proffered by British King's Counsel Peter Knox who represented the Jamaican government in the Kartel appeal. 
 
"We worked together from when we were in Jamaica; lots of communication between our offices, but we thought that he represented the respondents quite well," she noted. 
 
Asked about his thoughts on the likely outcome of appeal, Mr. Knox said: "We shall see." 
 
But Isat Buchanan, the attorney for Vybz Kartel, is confident that the Law Lords will overturn the conviction and uphold the rules of the Constitution. 
 
"I think that the most important thing is that...our Constitution is for us and the importance of the Constitution - due process, fair trial right - is so sacred that a breach of it has to mean something. If it just turns out to be words on a paper, it would be a travesty of justice," he asserted. 
 
The entertainer, real name Adijah Palmer and three other men were convicted on March 13, 2014 for the murder of Clive Lizard Williams.
 


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