KARTEL APPEAL: No proof that evidence was tampered with, prosecution says

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vybz-kartel-photo-32.jpgThe prosecution in the appeal case for Vybz Kartel and his co-appellants on Friday argued in the Court of Appeal that there was no proof to show that the digital evidence that they had relied on, including the phones that were seized from Vybz Kartel, were manipulated and altered.

Attorneys representing the appellants, over four days, sought to convince the appeal judges that during the 2014 trial for the murder of Clive "Lizard" Williams, Justice Lennox Campbell, who had presided over the murder trial, admitted contaminated evidence.

However, Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Orrett Brown told the court that Justice Campbell had not accepted contaminated evidence.

He said the assertions from defence lawyers that the evidence were contaminated were "fanciful".

A prosecutor this morning told the Appeal Court that there was a mistaken belief about a damning text retrieved from the mobile phone of entertainer Vybz Kartel.

Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Orrett Brown said the "misapprehension" arose because the file or folder for the message was created on July 6 but the actual message was created on August 19.

The appellants have raised concern that the damning text claiming that the deceased Clive 'Lizard' Williams "chop up fine fine" was made six weeks before his murder.

The prosecution is claiming that Lizard was killed August 16.

Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn 'Shawn Storm' Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are appealing their conviction and sentence for the August 2011 murder of Williams.

The matter is being heard by Court of Appeal President Justice Dennis Morrison, along with justices Patrick Brooks and Frank Williams.

The hearing continues.

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