Lawyers Seeking Release Of Vybz Kartel

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(JAMAICA GLEANER) – Lawyers representing Vybz Kartel and two of his three co-accused have filed a habeas corpus application seeking their release.

The application was filed today.

They are seeking the release of Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, and Andre St John.

The fourth co-accused, Kahira Jones, has another matter before the court.

Attorney Isat Buchanan said the application was brought before the court because of issues that the defense does not wish to disclose.

“The defense was handicap by events of nature,” said Buchanan.

In March, the Privy Council quashed their murder convictions citing juror misconduct and sent the case back to the Court of Appeal for a ruling on whether they should be retried.

The matter is set for June 10.

The men were convicted in 2014 for Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams’ murder in 2011.

Williams was allegedly killed after he failed to return two unlicensed guns given to him by Kartel for safekeeping.

Williams has not been seen or heard from since then.

Kartel and his co-accused denied any involvement in the killing of Williams.