A story published on the front page of the Observer yesterday about Vybz Kartel being a police informant is having some ripple effects.
According to new reports, two journalists employed by the Observer have been getting death threats since the story went viral.
Nationwide News Network reporter/producer Abka Fitz-Henley and Jamaica Observer Crime/Court Desk Editor Karyl Walker says they received several phone calls from thugs threatening to kill them over the story.
The Director of Public Prosecution and several other persons involved in the trial have also reported that they are getting death threats from thugs aligned to the self-proclaim Worl’Boss.
Reps for Vybz Kartel sent Urban Islandz a statement from the embattled deejay condemning the death threats.
Vybz Kartel full statement:
It was brought to my attention this morning by a member of my legal team that a number of persons including journalists have reported receiving threats from persons purportedly acting on my behalf.
During my sentencing hearing my Attorney Tom Tavares-Finson indicated to the court that I hold no ill-will to any of the persons involved in my trial neither the Police, Prosecutors, Executives from Digicel and certainly not any member of the Media who covered my trial in a manner which exposed the weaknesses in the Prosecution’s case for all the world to see.
I reiterate the position “I hold no ill-well [sic] to anyone who was involved in my trial” and I put my faith in the judicial system and the appeal process on which we have now embarked.
I appeal to any misguided individual or individuals who may think it appropriate to seek to threaten or intimidate anyone, to stop it.
Such action is not helping me or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the Police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal.
In the meantime I thank my family, friends and fans who continue to support and have faith in me.
Signed: Adidja Palmer
REPORT: Vybz Kartel Turns Police Informant, Kartel's Lawyer Says That's A Lie
Was Vybz Kartel trying to become a police informant during his grueling murder trial?
According to a report in the Observer on Sunday, police sources say Vybz Kartel approached the police high command with information about several wanted men and illegal firearms in return for immunity.
According to the police source, Kartel information lead to a massive police investigation that ultimately recovered 17 illegal firearms and the arrest of several wanted men.
“He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him,” the source said. “During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms. He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped.”
The source, who is a senior cop in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, JCF, says Vybz Kartel made the offer to become an informant when he realized his back was against the wall in the murder trial for the death of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
Sources inside the police force also confirmed that Kartel did meet with the police high command.
If these allegations of being a snitch/informer are true, does this mean Vybz Kartel life is in danger in prison?
Kartel, real name Adidja Palmer, as well as, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Andre St John and Kahira Jones were all convicted on March 13, 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. All four men were handed down life sentences on April 3, 2014.
Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in a maximum security prison and will be eligible for parole in 35 years. Shawn Storm, Andre St. John, and Kahira Jones will be eligible for parole in 25 years, 30 years and 25 years respectively.
The Crown made their case that the four men plotted and murder Clive “Lizard” Williams on August 16, 2011 at Kartel’s house in Havendale.
His body was never recovered.
But Vybz Kartel’s lead attorney Tom Tavares-Finson has stepped forward to rubbish those claims.
This is what the seasoned lawyer said:
“That is nothing but further propaganda by the police.”
“The presentation by the Observer yesterday reflected just another attempt by the police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prejudice the appeal of Mr Palmer.”
“We note that the source of the information is reported as being anonymous, but we recognise the hand of a particular individual at the Corporate Communication Network.”
“No meeting was ever held between Mr Palmer and any police officer nor was Mr Palmer ever asked by any police officer to give them any information. That is a lie.”
“We are confident that we will, regardless of the machinations of the police, get a fair hearing at the Court of Appeal.”
UPDATE: (VIDEO) JA. Police Commissioner: "Kartel is Responsible for More Than 100 Murders"
Controversial Dancehall star, Vybz Kartel has been labelled as many things throughout his career, most recently a convicted murderer after being found guilty in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams trial in March.
Add gang leader to the numerous labels attached to the deejay after Jamaica’s police commissioner, Owen Ellington branded Kartel as such while insinuating his gang is responsible for over 100 murders island wide. The commissioner said this during an interview on Wednesday night with Dionne Jackson-Miller on All Angles, intimating that they have tracked Kartel’s movements for years and are confident of their findings, but believe the entertainer has long been shielded by his unwavering popularity.
“Vybz Kartel led a gang which was responsible for over 100 murders, and we have been telling the country this for a long, long time,” Ellington said. “Everytime we moved against this gang, we were criticized, we were condemned and we were accused of being malicious against this individual. In fact, if you look at his defense, what was his defense? That there was a conspiracy on the part of the police.”
Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison for Williams’ murder, with the deejay not being eligible for parole until 35 years into his term. However, he continues to maintain his innocence despite the verdict and subsequent sentence, even asking the public to now refer to him as Addi Innocent. An appeal of his conviction is expected, at the earliest, by the end of 2014.
The voice notes evidence was perhaps the most incriminating piece of data the prosecution used to convicted Vybz Kartel and put him behind bars for life.
The controversial voice notes were leaked and has surfaced on social media sites and on YouTube.
Police say hey extracted over 24 voice notes from a Blackberry smartphone they seized from the dancehall star. Some of these voice notes were obtained by Nationwide News in Jamaica.
In several of the voice notes Vybz Kartel could be heard telling someone name Problem Child that he want back his two shoe, another name for guns, or else someone is going to die.
Listen to the voice notes in the below video.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was moments ago sentenced to 35 years in a Jamaican prison and hard labour.
The “Dancehall Hero” deejay, affectionately called Worl’Boss by his fans, shed tears as Home Circuit court judge Justice Lennox Campbell handed down the life sentence.
Kartel’s protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, and his close friends André St John, and Kahira Jones were also handed the lengthy sentence.
The handcuffed men were escorted out of court by heavily armed police officers where they will head straight to a high security prison.
On March 13, 2014, a 10:1 jury convicted the four men in the Home Circuit court in Downtown Kingston for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The guilty verdict sent shock waves throughout the dancehall community worldwide with some fans bemoaned an unfair trial, marred by police corruption and evidence tampering.
Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole in 35 years.
Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel – 35 years in Prison (Life sentence).
Shawn Campbell aka Shawn Storm – 25 years in prison
Andre St John – 30 years in prison
Kahira Jones – 25 years in prison
What’s next for Vybz Kartel… APPEAL.
Vybz Kartel attorneys has already begin to plot their road to appeal in the Jamaican high court.
But appeal in Jamaican court system could take up to five years given the massive backlog in cases, sources say.
A male juror in Vybz Kartel murder trial was yesterday arrested moments after the verdict was read out in the Home Circuit court in downtown Kingston.
According to reports, the juror, name withheld, allegedly tried to bribe the jury foreman with $500,000.
However, the foreman rejected the offer and made a report to presiding Judge Justice Lennox Campbell.
Yesterday afternoon the judge summoned attorneys representing the prosecution and the defense, as well as, the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP Paula Llewellyn, to his chamber to discuss the issue.
All parties involved agreed to let the trial continue before addressing the issue.
The accused juror will be facing the court today.
If he is found guilty, he could be sentence to up to three years in prison.
Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of murdering his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.
The news sent shockwaves throughout the dancehall community as the entertainer is looking at spending the rest of his life behind bars.
The 11-member jury took just 2 hours in their deliberation before returning a 10:1 verdict. Presiding judge Lennox Campbell initially sent them back to deliberate further in hopes that they will reach a unanimous verdict.
But the jury returned inside the court minutes later with said 10:1 deadlock.
“We will not sit by and let this case of injustice score victory,” a rep for Vybz Kartel said. “We will be appealing the verdict given the many questionable police corruption in the case.”
Vybz Kartel, Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John were all found guilty, while co-accused Shane Williams was acquitted of the murder
Jamaican authorities stunned everyone when they swoop down on a hotel in Kingston on September 30, 2011 and arrested Vybz Kartel and several other men.
Weeks later the aced dancehall star was slapped with not one but two murder charges. He was acquitted for the murder of Barrington “Bossie” Burton in July last year.
After over two years and several delays, the trial for the murder of Clive Williams got underway on November 18, 2013 in the Home Circuit court in Kingston.
The prosecution, headed by attorney Jeremy Taylor, took 46 days and 24 witnesses to build its case against the “Dancehall Hero” deejay. The Crown argued that Vybz Kartel, his protege Shawn “Storm” Campbell, friends Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams all participated in the beating death Clive “Lizard” Williams over two missing firearms belonging to the deejay.
The alleged murder took place on August 16, 2011 at a house on Swallowfield Road in Havendale believed to be owned by Vybz Kartel.
Clive Williams body has yet to be found.
To help make their case, the prosecution introduced several damning evidences including text messages, voice notes, Blackberry Messenger messages and video footage.
The Crown also had the help of an informant who says he accompanied Clive Williams to the house in Havendale on the day of his disappearance. The star witness, Llamar Chow, says he escaped from the house after seeing his friend lifeless body on the floor.
He told the court that he saw one of the accused men with a building block in his hand.
The defense maintained that the entire case was fabricated by the police force with the help of the informant to secure a high profile conviction.
Senior police officer Patrick Linton admitted in court that one of the Blackberry smartphones that police officers extracted data from was being used while it was in the custody of his department at the cyber crime unit.
The defense asked the judge to exclude the phone and its data from the evidence but presiding judge Lennox Campbell rejected the motion and accepted the incriminating data into evidence.
Presiding judge Lennox Campbell took six days to give the 11-member jury his summation of the lengthy murder trial.
Justice Campbell told the jury to not find the dancehall artiste guilty based on the content of his lyrics. But focus solely on the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Vybz Kartel and his co-accused are facing life imprisonment for the murder.