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Kartel Trial: Justice not about facilitating foul plot, says defence

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 1:55 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Defence attorney Pierre Rogers told jurors in the Vybz Kartel murder trial Tuesday morning that if they believed the prosecution’s main witness wrote a letter to the Public Defender recanting his statements to the police, then they have to acquit.

In the letter the witness said that the police had forced him to give his statement implicating the accused men and that he had seen Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams after August 16, 2011, the day he was supposed to have been murdered.

“If the letter leaves you in doubt, then it has implication for the entire case,” Rogers told the jurors. “If the letter is true then nothing that comes from the witness or anyone else is true,” Rogers added.

Rogers told the court that defence expert Carl Major has given evidence that the signature on the letter that was sent to the Office of the Public Defender belonged to the main witness. 

He argued that Major’s credentials could not be questioned, given his history and his work with the prosecution. “Justice cannot be about convenience or facilitating foul plot,” said Rogers. He is to continue his closing address following the luncheon adjournment.

Kartel (Adijah Palmer) and four co accused Shane Williams; André St John; entertainer Shawn Campbell, popularly known as Shawn Storm; and Kahira Jones -- are on trial for Williams’ murder believed to have been committed at Kartel’s Havendale home.

Rogers is representing Jones.

Paul Henry

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