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Kartel, co-accused denied bail

May 30, 2024

The Supreme Court of Jamaica has denied bail for dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and two of his three co-accused – Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Andre St. John.

The ruling was handed down by Court Justice Andrea Thomas, who said in the absence of a verdict or acquittal by the Privy Council, the charge of murder remains in effect.

Lawyers representing Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, and the two co-accused, filed the habeas corpus application on May 13 seeking their release because of issues the defence did not wish to disclose.

The application follows a March 14 ruling handed down by the UK Privy Council which stated Kartel and his co-accused should have their convictions quashed for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

The Privy Council had ordered that the case be returned to Jamaica’s Appeal Court to decide whether a retrial is necessary for Kartel and his co-accused.

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