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Vybez Kartel, the iconic dancehall artist, and his co-accused were denied bail as they await the retrial for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.

Despite the Privy Council overturning their 2014 murder convictions in March, the court has determined that they must remain in custody.

Williams was allegedly killed after failing to return two unlicensed guns given to him by Kartel. Both Kartel and his co-accused have consistently denied any involvement in Williams’ death.

The Privy Council’s decision to overturn the convictions came after it was found that there had been juror misconduct during the original trial. This prompted the case to be sent back to the Jamaican Court of Appeal for a retrial.

In her ruling, the judge affirmed that the continued detention of Kartel and his co-accused did not violate Jamaica’s constitution.

She emphasized that under Jamaica’s Bail Act, individuals can only be granted bail on appeal if they had previously been granted bail before their convictions.

The judge further cited section 5 of the Bail Act, stating, “Individuals appealing murder convictions would not be allowed to be granted bail pending the Court of Appeal decision.”

This provision is crucial in cases involving serious charges such as murder, suggesting the legislative intent to maintain public safety and ensure judicial processes are followed without undue risk.

The decision has garnered significant public attention, reflecting Kartel’s influential status in the dancehall music scene. Fans and supporters of Kartel continue to express their hope for his  release.

“Mumefanya turudishee Clarks Kwa shoe rack.” One of the his fans commented to express his disappointment.

Vybez Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, remains a pivotal figure in dancehall music even with his arrest, with a career marked by his immense popularity.

His legal troubles have not dampened his influence, as his music continues to resonate with fans worldwide.

Also Read:Why Murder Conviction Of Jamaican Artist Vybez Kartel Has Been Overturned


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