Vybz Kartel, his family, friends and fans all have reason to be cautiously optimistic about the entertainer’s chance at freedom once his case gets to the Privy Council.
Kartel and his defense team have always contended that the deejay’s phone that contained damning text and voice messages linking him to the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, was tampered with. Now the world boss and his team is finally getting their chance to bring in their own experts to prove that their allegation is indeed true.
The experts will be analyzing Kartel’s phone and also a DVD which contains video of the murder as well as a CD with additional voice notes linking to the murder.
Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan, who is representing Kartel, has always maintained and continues to argue that there was “significant tampering” with the deejay’s phone as well as other evidence.
If the experts can prove tampering that would bode well for Kartel as it would mean the voice notes linking him to the murder cannot be trusted. People involved in the sound systems, sound clashes and dubplate culture know all too well about splicing.
Splicing is audio editing where snippets are taken from various original audio sources in order to create a new audio that tells the story that the splicer wants it to tell. For example, Shenseea could create a dubplate for Stone Love sound system, another sound like Poison Dart could get a hold of the Stone Love dubplate and splice it to give Dancehall fans the impression that it is a Poison Dart dubplate.
If the experts find that Kartel’s phone was tampered with then his defense can argue that the voice notes tying him to the murder were actually spliced.
Kartel is currently serving a 35 year sentence before he can apply for parole. A date for when the Privy Council will hear his case has not yet been set.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is the highest court of appeal for many Commonwealth countries, of which Jamaica is a member, as well as the United Kingdom’s overseas territories, crown dependencies, and military sovereign base areas.
At the Privy Council or any lower appeal court, new evidence cannot be introduced, however, evidence presented at the original trial can be questioned for its validity.