by Jodee Brown
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Adidja Palmer, more popularly known as Vybz Kartel will report to court next month for the beginning of his ganja trial.
The prominent deejay faces a May 22 court date in the matter, which will be resumed after a three month delay. The new trial date was scheduled earlier this week in the absence of Kartel, who was not brought to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on the day of the hearing.
Presiding resident magistrate, Maxine Ellis ruled that a writ must be issued for Kartel’s release from a Spanish Town based jail where he’s currently being kept in order to ensure that he makes the May court date.
Kartel has been incarcerated since last September when he was initially arrested at a New Kingston hotel following a major police operation in which they discovered a quantity of marijuana. Kartel, amongst others were then charged with illegal possession of marijuana
Meanwhile, Kartel will appear in court on Friday as he once again seeks bail in the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder case. On Monday, the Crown handed over audio and video evidence they believe will implicate Kartel and his co-accused, includingPortmore Empire protégé, Shawn Storm and designer/road manager, Calvin ‘Moonie’ Haye.
Law enforcement officials allege that Kartel and other took Williams to a residence in Havendale, St. Andrew where he was later beaten and stabbed to death after an argument regarding the disappearance of illegal guns.