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Day 2 Vybz Kartel’s UK Privy Council Appeal/ The Ongoing Dancehall Saga Continues


In the world of dancehall, Vybz Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, stands as an iconic figure whose music has dominated the charts and influenced a generation. However, his fame took a dark turn as he found himself at the center of one of the most gripping and controversial trials in recent history. The Vybz Kartel trial case not only shook the dancehall community but also captivated the attention of the entire world. The corridors of justice echo with the pulsating rhythm of Vybz Kartel’s legal saga, as the UK-based Privy Council embarks on a pivotal journey to determine the fate of the incarcerated Jamaican Dancehall star and his co-defendants. The stakes have never been higher for Vybz Kartel, who has spent over a decade behind bars, vehemently asserting his innocence in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. This week, the Privy Council, London’s highest court, is poised to weigh the scales of justice, deciding whether Vybz Kartel remains locked down for life or walks free.

Isat Buchanan, Kartel’s Legal Vanguard:

Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan

At the forefront of Vybz Kartel’s legal battle stands Isat Buchanan, a formidable legal force advocating for justice in the face of long-standing allegations. This week, Buchanan is navigating the intricate legal landscape as the Privy Council dissects the appeal of Adidja Palmer, internationally known as Vybz Kartel and his co-defendants. The prestigious Jamaican Attorney has been instrumental in articulating the defence’s position, highlighting concerns about telecommunications evidence, jury management and allegations of jury tampering. In an exclusive interview with Gege Vibes Magazine, Isat Buchanan shed light on the defense’s position, stating: “There has been a miscarriage of justice and the Charter of Rights has been breached of privacy and a fair trial”. The seasoned Lawyer also addressed concerns about Vybz Kartel’s health, pushing for an expedited process due to the artist’s health issues, including graves disease and heart’s bad conditions.

The Conviction and Controversies:

In March 2014, Vybz Kartel, alongside Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, faced the damning verdict of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams’s murder. The trial, lasting 65 days, exposed a web of complexities, including allegations of jury tampering and tainted evidence. While the convictions sent shockwaves through the dancehall community, Vybz Kartel and his co-accused vehemently maintained their innocence, claiming a flawed prosecution had led to their imprisonment.

The Tainted Juror and Attempts at Tampering:

Fast forward to the present and the focus shifts to the recent revelation that juror Livingston Caine attempted to sway the verdict by offering a $500,000 bribe to the jury foreman. This revelation forms a crucial juncture in the ongoing legal saga. Isat Buchanan, the legal vanguard standing with Vybz Kartel, contends that this attempted tampering compromised the integrity of the trial, raising questions about justice and the Charter of Rights. This stunning revelation has ignited a heated legal debate, questioning the fairness of the trial and the legitimacy of the convictions that have cast a shadow over Vybz Kartel’s illustrious career.

Legal Duel:

Attorneys for the appellants argue that Livingston Caine’s involvement tainted the entire jury, potentially influencing the guilty verdict. On the other side, the prosecution, represented by Peter Knox, contends that dismissing the entire jury based on the actions of one juror would undermine the credibility of the entire jury system.

UK Privy Council’s Scrutiny:

The law lords at the UK Privy Council have raised pertinent concerns about the trial judge’s decisions and instructions. Questions linger about how the matter of attempting to influence the jury was managed and whether the instructions given to the jurors were adequate to ensure a fair trial.

Dancehall Destiny in Limbo:

As the appeal hearing continues today for Day 2, Vybz Kartel’s dancehall destiny hangs in the balance. The outcome of the Privy Council’s deliberations on the tainted juror dilemma could reverberate not only through the artist’s career but also through the broader conversations about justice, music and the intersection of the two.


As the Privy Council hearing unfolds in London for Day 2 today, Attorney Isat Buchanan remains hopeful, navigating legal intricacies and advocating for justice with unwavering resolve. “God & Time”, he wrote on his social medias. The Vybz Kartel murder trial appeal has transformed into a legal saga of unprecedented complexity, with the attempted jury tampering issue taking center stage. The delicate balance between ensuring a fair trial and addressing the practical challenges of restarting the case has become a tightrope that the Privy Council must navigate to ensure the relentless pursuit of truth. The global audience watches with bated breath, recognising that the outcome could not only impact the fate of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused, but also challenge the foundations of the justice system and leave an indelible mark on the history of dancehall music.

Eugenia Conti

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