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Kartel gets new mention date

Saturday, August 30, 2014    

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CONVICTED dancehall entertainer Adidja Palmer, better known as 'Vybz Kartel', and his three co-accused were yesterday given a new mention date — September 15 — when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court to answer the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Kartel, who is now serving time for murder, is jointly charged with Vanessa 'Gaza Slim' Saddler and Andre 'Pim Pim' Henry.

The date was set to facilitate the submission of a further statement from Mario Assad, former technology officer at Digicel.

The court was previously told that Assad had retired and that his replacement would also replace him as a witness in the matter.

But when the case was mentioned yesterday, Digicel's attorney, Walter Scott, QC, told the court that Razvan Ungureanu, who is the new technology officer, could not assist the court but indicated that Assad, who resides in Florida, was willing to make himself available for the trial.

Scott also suggested that Assad could provide the police with a further statement via tele-conferencing.

Ungureanu, who appeared in court with another Digicel witness, Joseph Simmonds, was consequently released from the proceedings by Resident Magistrate Simone Wolfe-Reece.

In the meantime, attorney Tom Tavares-Finson informed the court that Henry, who is unrepresented, had met with a female attorney who is expected to be his new lawyer and that a date was set for Henry and his lawyer to appear in court on September 2.

Henry lost his attorney Peter Champagnie earlier this month because of financial challenges.

Kartel was yesterday remanded while Gaza Slim's bail was extended.

The three are to be tried on October 27 on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

They were charged after Saddler allegedly filed a police report stating that she was robbed at gunpoint by a man she identified as Clive 'Lizard' Williams. The alleged incident happened after Vybz Kartel was charged with Williams' murder and for which he is now serving time.

Investigators alleged that Saddler made the report to give the impression that Williams was not dead, in an attempt to assist Kartel's case.

— Tanesha Mundle

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