Vybz Kartel faces uphill battle to get his case to the Privy Council.

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Vybz Kartel is in the process of taking his murder conviction to the United Kingdom’s Privy Council, the highest level of appeal for Jamaica.

The leave that is necessary for Kartel to take his case to the Privy Council must be granted by the same court that denied his original appeal. Just two months ago the court rejected the appeal by Vybz Kartel and his co-convicts Shawn ‘Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John against their 2014 conviction and sentence for the 2011 slaying of Clive ‘Lizard Williams. Now they are back in the very same seeking permission to take the matter all the way to the Privy Council.

For the permission to be granted to Vybz Kartel to move forward to the Privy Council, the court would have to admit that they made some grave mistakes back in April. People in general and especially those in law do not like to admit they made a mistake as it reflects badly on their job performance. Unless there is money changing hands somewhere, getting permission to go to the Privy Council is slim to none.

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Even the Privy Council’s website states how difficult it is to bring an appeal for them to hear.

“In criminal cases, it is unusual for the lower court to have the power to grant leave unless your case raises questions of great and general importance, or there has been some grave violation of the principles of natural justice,” the Privy Council website says. It is undeniable that is an important case; however, if the appeal court there was violation of the principles of justice, they would have overturned the case back in April.

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It does not mean it is over for Vybz Kartel, however. If the appeal court deny the leave to go to the Privy Council, his attorney can then take it to the board to get permission.

“In the absence of leave, permission to appeal must be granted by the Board. In some cases, there is an appeal as of right and a slightly different procedure applies,” the website states.



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