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Vybz Kartel’s Murder Conviction Overturned on Appeal

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Renowned Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel saw a significant breakthrough in his legal battle as his lifetime prison sentence, with a minimum of 32 and a half years, was successfully appealed today. Alongside his three co-defendants, Kartel appeared in court to challenge his conviction over the disappearance of his associate Clive “Lizard” Williams, a case that has lingered for more than a decade with Williams’ body still missing.

The appeal was based on allegations of juror misconduct during the original 2014 trial, with claims surfacing that one juror had offered others a substantial sum of money to influence the outcome. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council upheld these claims, deeming the convictions should be quashed due to the juror misconduct. However, the case may still be retried, pending further decisions from the Court of Appeal of Jamaica.

This legal victory marks a significant turning point for Vybz Kartel, who has faced prolonged incarceration amid concerns about his health and prison conditions. While his future remains uncertain pending potential retrial proceedings, the decision to overturn his murder conviction has sparked discussions and reactions from fans and observers worldwide.

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