- Dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel was given leave to appeal his conviction
- Jamaican Supreme Court had given him 35 years before he was eligible to parole
- Kartel was convicted with three of his friends Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John whose appeal will be heard too with Kartel’s
Things might truly not be good in the Portmore Empire also known as Gaza following the March 2014 incarceration of founder and one of world’s celebrated Dancehall lyricists Vybz Kartel real names Adidja Azim Palmer. According to what the 41 year old artiste said before he went behind bars, he said he had been given an unfair sentence of serving 35 good years before court hears his appeal.
The Jamaican-born together with three of his friends namely Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John lost the murder case of their associate Clive Lizard Williams on the 16th of August 2011 but the convicts were yesterday granted leave by the Jamaican Court to appeal their conviction and sentences slated for sometime in September.
Come September, the ‘Summer Time’ artiste’s appeal will be heard by the court and from now till that time, fans should wait to see what fate holds of him. However, since Vybz Kartel was jailed, he has not stopped releasing more songs and a living example is his ‘King Of The Dancehall’ album which he released in prison.
Jamaica Supreme Court’s Justice Lennox Campbell at the time of sentencing ordered that Vybz Kartel serve 35 years in prison, with hard labour, before he becomes eligible for parole.
Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones are to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole, while St John is to become eligible for parole after serving 30 years of his sentence.