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Vybz Kartel: Police Head Statement On Trial, List Obeah, Witness Intimidation

The Police High Command has issued a lengthy statement on Vybz Kartel high profile trial.

In the statement sent out to the media yesterday, the Police High Command says it has launched a criminal investigation into the handling of the case.

SEE ALSO: BREAKING: Vybz Kartel Sentenced To 35 Years To Life In Prison

Among the many problems of the case the police listed were witness intimidation, obeah ritualsm conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Read the full statements below:

The Police High Command takes this opportunity to commend the members of the Constabulary who were involved in the investigation and recently concluded murder trial of Adidjah Palmer et al. The case generated a considerable amount of public interest and was fraught with challenges for the Police and all others who worked in support of the prosecution to achieve the outcome that was sought. This opportunity is being taken to highlight the fact that this result came only through excellent teamwork on the parts of numerous individuals within and outside of the Constabulary, in particular, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This landmark case has broken several new frontiers for the Constabulary, most notably in the area of forensic evidence, and in particular, the collection, handling and presentation of evidence from digital devices. Despite challenges from the defence, the digital evidence successfully tied
the accused persons to the crime. However, as the trial progressed, opportunities were presented for the Police to assess the soundness of the techniques and procedures used in the handling of digital evidence, and significant steps are already underway to improve certain procedures in this area.

The case also presented numerous security challenges, which resulted in a considerable amount of resources being deployed to protect the prosecutor, prosecution witnesses, including Police officers, and relatives of the victim. In the aftermath of the trial, additional resources have had to be found to protect some members of the jury. Numerous persons connected to the case in one way or another on the side of the prosecution have expressed concerns about their personal security. In the face of the myriad of challenges, intimidatory tactics and threats to prosecution witnesses throughout the trial, the prosecution could not make a single complaint due to the possibility that it could undermine the right of the accused to a fair trial. Now that the trial is over, we are under no further obligation to remain silent about the challenges and threats endured by the prosecution.

Attempts to Pervert the Course of Justice

During the trial, a number of developments took place which we are now at liberty to highlight. These developments were focused primarily around attempts to pervert the course of justice. First, we would like to highlight that very early during the investigation, it emerged that a female DJ was allegedly instructed by Adidjah Palmer via SMS (text messages) to make a report to the Constant Spring Police Station alleging that she was held up and robbed by Clive Williams, the man we knew at the time to be dead. This matter was investigated by the Police and placed before the court, but was adjourned pending the outcome of the murder trial. This case will be back before the court on June 6, 2014.

Based on material extracted from the cellular phones of the convicted men we became aware that Mr Palmer had become very concerned about the presence of Scenes of Crime investigators gathering evidence at the crime scene at 7 Swallowfield Avenue, St. Andrew. Shortly afterwards, the house was mysteriously torched but there were no signs of any similar concern by Mr. Palmer about the destruction of his residence. The examination done by the Government Forensic Laboratory revealed that the fire was deliberately set as the evidence collected was not consistent with an accidental or non-deliberate fire. Traces of gasoline were found in different sections of the house and on items of furniture.

Another significant development concerned the letter that was purportedly written by the main prosecution witness, Lamar Chow, and submitted to the Public Defender. It must be placed on record that this letter was not written by Mr. Chow. It was quite clear that the preparation of the letter benefitted from interaction with a person who had legal training. When the letter was brought to the attention of the Police, we subtly tested the extent of Mr. Chow’s vocabulary and found that he was not familiar with the legal jargons that were in the letter. We further submitted the letter to the JCF Questioned Document Examiner (handwriting expert) who, with the use of the latest computer software that is developed for this purpose, examined the document and concluded that it could never have been written by Mr. Chow. As the science develops, the Police have acquired new computer software which is among the newest tools that are used in the examination of handwriting and other specimen, and it is much more likely to produce an accurate result than examinations done with the naked eye and a mere magnifying glass.

It is noteworthy that the same tactic (presenting a letter to the Public Defender with claims that a witness statement was not voluntary) was used in a previous murder case against Adidjah Palmer which contributed to the collapse of that case. A criminal investigation is to be launched to find the person responsible for the production and presentation of the forged letter to the Office of the Public Defender.

Yet another significant development came during the testimony of Detective Sergeant Patrick

Linton when it was discovered that his Facebook account was hacked into and postings made to give the impression that the Detective Sergeant held personal grudges against the main accused, Mr. Palmer. The Police had credible information about the hacker and took steps to conduct an investigation into the matter. However, based on legal advice, and out of an abundance of caution, certain aspects of the investigation were suspended to avoid any chance of the jury being prejudiced.

Threats against Prosecution Witnesses

Numerous threats were issued to several persons who had appeared, or were slated to appear as prosecution witnesses. The main prosecution witness had to be kept in protective custody prior to and for the duration of the trial due to several threats against his life and promises that he would be rewarded should he refuse to cooperate with the prosecution. He is still in protective custody. Relatives of the deceased have also been threatened and have to be protected by the State. Additionally, several Police officers have received threats and the homes of at least 2 have been visited by unknown persons who have in some instances, made enquiries regarding the officers and their families. Actual steps have been made to carry out the threats in relation to one of the officers.

Following the testimony of Detective Sergeant Linton, an attempt was made to fire bomb his home when unidentified persons threw a Molotov c**ktail at his house resulting in the destruction of a section of the perimeter fencing. Subsequently, unknown persons returned to his house where they left a bag containing photographs of the Detective Sergeant, a cow eye and a cow tongue with his name written on it. It is to be noted that this ritual is practiced in other countries around the world as a warning to witnesses in court cases to keep their silence.

Threats made to the staff of one of the major telecommunications provider resulted in fear and serious concerns among the staff who were forced to avoid wearing any clothing or paraphernalia that identified them as a part of the company. The Police have credible information that actual steps were taken to materialise some of the threats, resulting in the destruction of several meters of cable used by the telecommunication provider along the Mandela Highway resulting in denial of service to thousands of customers.

Intelligence suggests that numerous persons were paid to show up in the precincts of the court to show support for Adidjah Palmer and create disorder during the closing stages of the trial. The Police had to take steps to secure the court by closing off certain sections of the road and deploying a riot squad.

The last attempt that the Police is aware of represents allegations against Livingston Cain of attempting to bribe his colleague jurors with hundreds of thousands of dollars into returning a not guilty verdict. The case against Mr Cain will next be heard in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court on April 24, 2014.

The Police High Command is pleased with the sentence and hopes it will provide the murderers with the time needed to reflect upon the pain and shame they have brought to families and the society.


  1. Bwoy Kartel, oonu get weh halfa di other murder charges but this one stick. As a ghetto yute miself I rate di man fi him talent but this whole heap a gun and want to be gangsta ting a mash up the music rasta. A bare war inna di music. Yow, Kartel coulda influence more yutes in the right way with his talent, fame and money, but him choose to give guns to ghetto yute and him know seh police and most Jamaicans nuh like wi already. A nuff things Kartel ‘yes man dem do in a wi country weh nuff hippocrite a tun a blind eye against and come pon tv a chat bout fi free murderers. More time yute like mi waan stan up fi what is rite inna i community, the man dem wi label yu as informer and knock yu off. Kartel and Shawn might not actually kill lizard, but dem know wah gwaan. Now dem get themself inna a sticky situation where dem caan seh nutten or dem haffi go run weh from Jamaica because people a seh dem a informer and kill dem to. Sometime some people fi shut dem mouth a nuh seh nutten. As a real ghetto yute, I work hard fi feed I family and low out dis badness ting. More time a wi cause police fi deal wid certain way because wi feel seh tings fi go our way all di time. Entertainers like Khago, Beenie man and Bounty Killa a real people. Dem amn deh try fi eliminate this heap a man roun dem a look hand out and waan fi provide protection wid illegal gun. People a chat bout free Kartel, but nuhbody naw too seh nutten bout di other yute dem weh Kartel control. If nuff a oonu really know who Kartel is, oonu woulda shame. Dat man is all about himself. He will do whatever it takes to manipulate people to get things his way for money and fame. Oonu tink a badmine meck Bounty, Beenie and nuff other artist nuh support di trial? A true di man dem know how kartel and him yes-man dem behave. Deva Brat warn Addi nuff time seh fi lef out dis heap a loose-man roun him weh woulda do anything fi get Kartel ratings, but di man nuh listen higha. Weh Wee seh a nuh a lie. Di man an lizard live like bredda. Karetel even treaten fi kill di man dem mother yow. Fi wah, two guns? Weh Addi waan gi ghetto yute fah? Any artist weh waan badman roun dem wid illegal guns is because dem involve in wrongs. Artist and sports people are the only ones weh caan go anywhere inna Jamaica without protection. A bare fu—ry di man dem a gwaan wid and seet deh, dem gone a prison. People fi lef di ting and meck di authorities sort it out. And mi a seh, a nuff ghetto people waan do di right ting fi get rid a dis heap a killing ting weh a meck life hard fi wi. A di people dem weh a benefit from the looting, robbing and extortion weh a gwaan a chat bout informer fi dead, while good people a suffer. I woulda love fi Kingston become a tourist destination too. Weh poor people can eat a food legally. A wi same one a whole back progress by defending wrongdoing innna wi community. Bless.

  2. God doesn’t like ugly thats what some people are saying well what about the women beater bounty killer beating on females thats ugly he should be locked away before he beats a woman to death

  3. The evidence is extremely strong and convincing against Vybz et al. Besides what’s written above, I read their was blood found inside Vybz home. Don’t be surprised if the defense loses the appeal. Evidence is very convincing. I’m not saying the accused is guilty…just saying the evidence is extremely convincing.

    • No blood matched any DNA, educate urself before u post nonsence.

      • Exactly

      • I didn’t mention anything about DNA or a body. Please read my reply to NYC which is really for PH57.

      • blood, body? make up ur mentioned ‘evidence’-i said none was a match.
        he was already in custody when house was burned.
        police was there before and after the burning.
        only ting they relied on during their testimony was one element u cant prove-smell . DNA was not a match. so wot blood u on about?
        since you like recordings so much, why dont u listen to Addis Muta interview shortly before all this f*ry began in 2011?
        if evidence is so strong as u claim , why did prosecution offered Sivva 2 years ? they must not value ur boy lizard life too hard huh? if indeed he lost one lol.they know they got notin and its gettn overturned on appeal.
        juror who ‘bribed’ is not convicted , so you DONT KNOW if he actually tried to bribe or not. but since u wanna harp on that, why didnt judge call a mistrial rite there n then?
        do a little math, 10 instead of 11 jurors, verdict is 10:1 and one who voted NOT Guilty is…..cmon now.
        no wonder u believed the voice notes lol.
        just how the lyrics from daddy devil were his ‘text msgs’ rite? smh.
        are u familiar w hayes lawsuit?
        blackberry vs prosecution?
        death squad cop cases?
        dadus? england?wee case that disapeared?notice lizard so called sisters accent ? wheres wee aunt? cab driver?body?no?

      • Bombo…#bigup

    • The evidence is weak. There are questions in 90% of the evidence provided. A higher power wants Kartel in jail.

    • Karen he has no appeal let this idiot egotistic murderer eat tun corn meal and drink hot sauce .

      • The evidence may be week in your opinion, but remember

        PH57 Kartel had the opportunity to deny the voice notes were him and to prove that also and he didn’t. There was blood found in Kartels’s home. Scientific tests proved it’s human blood. Scientific tests also proved Kartel’s home was burnt down intentionally with no sign of an accident occurring. Let’s take a look at the juror Livingston Cain who wanted to bribe jurors to find Vybz not guilty. If the evidence is week do you ask yourself the question…Why would Cain try to bribe jurors and he’s not even the convict? Whether the evidence is week or strong- it’s there. I wasn’t in the court room…I’m not saying Vybz is guilty…I’m just saying that if the prosecution is saying that my voice is on a recording saying I chopped a human being up and I know I didn’t do it..I’m gonna damn well say I didn’t do it and do every damn thing to prove I didn’t before facing a life sentence!

      • Sorry NYC my reply was for PH57

  4. Kartel don’t deserve no appeal he knows what him Shawn Storm and his bag a low lives thugs did to Lizard . God don’t like ugly . Take a mans life for guns . Wait until reality hits him in prison . He already lost weight and look like crap . I am sick of reggae artists doing their crime and not owning up to it .

    • Man u r one of the biggest a-s holes on urban islandz you and primo ny and bit-h gaza you are just a hater and its shows he didn’t get a fair and you Know it true You ain’t god and you weren’t there you a punk Bit-h and yeah I’m Calling You Names what are you going to do about it you going to call your contacts lol you think you are big talking like a big shot with your 2 little girls primo and bit-h gaza backing you up you sound stupid

  5. Look like his 33 degrees of masonry after all didn’t work for the ape and saying does the devil have a bank account say that now you stupid twat look like satan throw you away because you serve your purpose and now your serving life and all his shirt lifting delusional fans mainly the so called Gaza fans Gaza strip is not in Jamaica and you all queers who lack intelligence and any butt hurts fans respond to this has aids

  6. he looks cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and maybe the people doing all this stuff is just their reaction, they may not be directly linked to kartel just ppl angry with injustice why are dey so extra talkin bout obeah now they getting supersticial

  7. Yes, I hope the lost yute that swear by his name will realize he was serious when he called himself the son of baphomet.

    • Wot?! He really said that?? He’s a fvcking evil b!tch. I knew he was faking it when he posed for that photo with his hands clasped in the prayer position.

  8. Don`t do crime if you can`t do the time.Stop watch tv and do the same crime cause in the end 95% of the murders always get caught.I consider every case high profile not because a man have money and fame he should be put above the rest a crime is a crime.

  9. Obeah man cyan save prison boss