The fact that the appeal judges have taken so long to return with a verdict should be worrisome for Vybz Kartel and his Gaza fans. There is a saying that all judges not only know very well but also have a moral obligation to live up to; that saying is: “It is better to let a guilty man walk free than to punish an innocent man.”
There is no way the judges would have seen proof in the Vybz Kartel appeal case that he was not given a fair trial and still have him locked up behind bars almost ten months after the appeal was filed. What this means is that at first glance the judges believe that the world boss was given a fair trial and a just verdict was handed down.
What the judges are doing now is going through ass the evidence Vybz Kartel submitted in the appeal with a fine tooth comb to make sure they did not miss anything. However, if they had a single inkling that Kartel was not given a fair trial they would have returned their verdict already.
Even Bert Samuels, the attorney for Shawn Storm, one of Vybz Katel’s co-accused said he expected a verdict by at least March.
“It’s a new term, and we are hoping that during this term which lasts up to the end of March we will get the judgment. So we are anxiously awaiting the judgment in that case, and we’re very optimistic so let’s see what happens,” Samuels said way back in January
March has come and gone and we are almost at the end of April and still no verdict. There is no verdict yet because chances are it won’t be favorable to Kartel. Even in Jamaica where the system can be extremely corrupt, they would not let a man who they believe was wrongly convicted to wait this long for his freedom.
Vybz Kartel is serving a life sentence for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.