Legions of Gaza fans are anxiously awaiting the verdict of the Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether the World Boss will be released from prison or remain incarcerated on murder charges.
The wait is proving to be almost interminable for die-hard fans. But despite all the hand-wringing and frantic speculation, there is no set date or established reprieve in sight for them.
“We have absolutely no indication as to when to expect a judgment in this matter. Hopefully it will be before too long,” top criminal defence attorney Tom Tavares Finson told ONE876 EDITOR Claude Mills.
The Court of Appeal last December indicated that a ruling would be handed down in short order. Through registrar Stacie-Ann Reid, it said in a letter to Kartel’s lead attorney that it was at an “advanced stage” of preparing the judgment.
The letter was sent on December 2 to Tom Tavares-Finson and copied to other attorneys in the case and stated that “as soon as it (the appeal) is ready and the court has set a delivery date, all parties will be duly notified”.
In the meantime, Kartel continues to churn out the hits despite having been locked up since 2011. A controversial figure and a superstar in his homeland of Jamaica, Vybz Kartel remains in the top spot as the most streamed entertainer out of Jamaica. With bonafide hits like ‘Any Weather’ , ‘Beat Dem Bad’ featuring Squash and Like I’m Superman, the deejay has shown no signs of slowing down.
Vybz Kartel, Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John were convicted in 2014 for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. They were all given mandatory life sentences, but the Romping Shop artiste was ordered to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.
Campbell, Jones, and St John were ordered to each serve 25 years before they became eligible for parole.