LAWYERS for jailed entertainer Vybz Kartel yesterday accused the police of trying to prejudice their client by issuing a press release about their investigations into the murder of music producer Patrick 'Roach' Samuels.
"This news release was obviously calculated to prejudice the pending bail application and trial of Mr [Adidja] Palmer, set in the Home Circuit Court for the 18th of November 2013," the father and son team of Tom and Chris Tavares-Finson said in a news release.
According to the attorneys, the police news release "contains the obvious implication that by possessing these items of 'contraband' Mr Palmer was in some way connected to the murder of Samuels".
The police had said in their release on Wednesday that they raided Kartel's cell and found a DVD player, an Apple iPod and two cellular phones.
They also said that they found a note written by a prominent entertainer with instructions. The seizures were made, according to the police, as they intensified investigations into Roach's murder.
Yesterday, the lawyers said that written permission was given by prison authorities for Kartel to possess the iPod and DVD player. The attorneys also provided the signed written consent dated in August, in their press release.
Regarding the two cellular phones, the lawyers said that "... all our investigations reveal that these phones were taken from an adjoining cell."
According to the attorneys, the occupier of the cell has claimed ownership of the cellphones.
The lawyers said that the note written by a popular entertainer containing instructions was written by Kartel to a financial institution.
"We wish to remind that in February 2013, during the process of a bail application for Mr Palmer, a senior superintendent of police submitted a statement to the effect that 'three phones were found in his cell'. This allegation was used in opposition to the bail application and it transpired to have been a fabrication and outright lie. We had written to the director of public prosecutions on the 1st day of July 2013 asking that her office investigate this matter; however, to date we have had no response to this request," the attorneys complained.
Regarding this latest issue, Tom Tavares-Finson noted in the press release: "I have written to the commissioner of police, commissioner of corrections, and INDECOM (Independent Commission of Investigations) requesting an immediate investigation into this matter and to the director of public prosecutions to determine whether or not the news release, calculated as it was..., amounts to a contempt of court, which ought to be prosecuted."
Samuels, who at one point was Kartel's road manager, was shot multiple times by gunmen on Manning's Hill Road at about 4:30 am on Sunday.
Kartel and fellow entertainer Shawn Campbell (Shawn Storm) are to be tried along with other men for the 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams in Havendale, St Andrew. In July, he and two co-accused were freed of another murder charge relating to the shooting death of Portmore resident Barrington 'Bossie' Bryan.