Attorney Denies Police Claims About Vybz Kartel (no meeting was ever held between Mr Palmer and any police officer nor was Mr Palmer ever asked by any police officer to give them any information)

no meeting was ever held between Mr
Palmer and any police officer nor was Mr Palmer ever asked by
any police officer to give them any information

ATTORNEY Tom Tavares-Finson has denied information in yesterday’s Sunday
Observer article that outlined that convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel
gave the police information that led to the apprehension of wanted men
and the recovery of 17 firearms.

The attorney also rubbished claims made by the police that Vybz Kartel
was an influential figure in the deadly Spanish Town-based Klansman
Gang, and that the gang carried out killings on his behalf.

“That is nothing but further propaganda by the police,” said the senior
attorney, who described the police’s comments as “highly irresponsible”.

“The presentation by the Observer yesterday reflected just another
attempt by the police and the Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions to prejudice the appeal of Mr Palmer,” Tavares-Finson said.

“We note that the source of the information is reported as being
anonymous, but we recognise the hand of a particular individual at the
Corporate Communication Network,” Tavares-Finson added.

The article said that Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) had met with
the police to give them information when he realised that detectives
were closing in on him for the murder of associate Clive ‘Lizard’
Williams, in August 2011, over the disappearance of two illegal
firearms.

“No meeting was ever held between Mr Palmer and any police officer nor
was Mr Palmer ever asked by any police officer to give them any
information. That is a lie,” the attorney said, as he disputed other
assertions made in the front page article.

Additionally, Tavares-Finson noted that the article reported the police
source as saying that the police had evidence that was not used in the
five-week trial. He said he’s hearing about the so-called further
evidence for the first time, and that the director of public
prosecutions should say why that evidence wasn’t put before the court.

Vybz Kartel, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St
John have been sentenced to life imprisonment for Williams’ murder. They
are to serve 35, 30 and 25 years behind bars before being eligible for
parole.

Yesterday, Tavares-Finson told the Observer that the men have signed
their appeal documents which are to be filed with the Court of Appeal.

“We are confident that we will, regardless of the machinations of the
police, get a fair hearing at the Court of Appeal,” Tavares-Finson said.

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