Vybz Kartel is staring down a big legal showdown in the Jamaican appeal court later this year. The dancehall star has been waiting on his appeal for two years now and seems things are finally moving forward.
Kartel’s lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson has revealed that the transcripts for his appeal are now ready.
“The transcripts have been reviewed, and we were told that they have been copying and numbering the pages over the last couple of months. As you can well imagine, it is a couple of boxes of transcripts, but we have been informed that within the next week, it will be finished and Vybz Kartel will receive it, and then he can instruct his legal team, whosoever he chooses, to act and start the appeal process,” Tavares-Finson said.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer was convicted of murder in 2014 and was sentenced to life in prison. He will have to server 35 years before being eligible for parole.
Legal experts have argued that Vybz Kartel has a good chance of winning his appeal and have his murder conviction overturn given the numerous problems with the case including evidence tampering and witness intimidation.
Kartel and his three co-convicts have maintained their innocence.
The former Portmore Empire deejay is gearing up to release his new album King of the Dancehall next month.