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Group welcomes Kartel’s sentencing

Saturday, April 05, 2014    

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THE National Neighbourhood Watch Movement (NHW) has welcomed the jury's verdict that led to life imprisonment of controversial entertainer Adidja Palmer, better known as 'Vybz Kartel'.

The NHW, in a release, said the conviction of the entertainer and his three co-accused was "a breath of fresh air in the Jamaican justice system, which a number of citizens in this country would have lost faith in over time".

Said the statement: "We also want to place on record our commendation to the main witness in the case, who, in spite of the imminent danger and the 'informer fi dead' culture that has hampered the growth and progress of the neighbourhood watch movement in the past, made the courageous decision to step up and give evidence in the matter."

It said the movement has always advocated that people who are witnesses in major crimes should tell what they know so that criminals can be removed from society.

"As we commend the main witness, we are urging the authorities to be mindful that the witness and his family could still be in danger of being attacked. Therefore, the same protection that was provided prior to his testimony should still be given now that they have a conviction," the statement said.

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