Michael Dawson, who co-authored the book, ‘The Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto’, with Vybz Kartel, has expressed confidence that the dancehall artiste’s appeal would be successful and says that the artiste can’t wait to spend quality time with his children.
“Absolutely,” was his firm response when asked by THE STAR if he thought his client would be released soon.
“I was in court every day and if you have any appreciation for due process and equity and law, then there is really no reason why he shouldn’t be home soon,” said Dawson, who also handles some of Kartel’s affairs, including his VK clothing line.
According to Dawson, Kartel is equally confident of being released and the one thing that he really wants to do when he walks out of prison is spend time with his family.
“I don’t think that people have any idea the extent to which he is a family man. As a father, he just wants to be with his children,” said Dawson.
He painted a picture of a Kartel who is not bitter in any way and who refuses to let the system get him down.
“Man a soldier. Haffi be strong you nuh. This is not for the weak-hearted,” Dawson said in his best ‘Addi’ voice.
Dawson, who spoke about Kartel at Grounation on Sunday at the Jamaica Music Museum, also told THESTAR that he and the deejay bonded over their love for their mothers and children and the rest, as they say, is history.
In January, Bert Samuels, the attorney for Kartel, said his team was looking at a March deadline for the Appeal Court to return with a verdict.
“It’s a new term, and we are hoping that during this term, which lasts up to the end of March, we will get the judgement,” Samuels said during an interview. “So we are anxiously awaiting the judgement in that case, and we’re very very optimistic, so let’s see what happens.”
Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, and Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, are jointly charged with Kahira Jones and Andre St John for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
At the end of the trial, which lasted 65 days, the four were convicted by an 11-member jury and received life sentences. Vybz Kartel will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.