The Appeal Court says its preparation of the judgement in dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel’s appeal of his murder conviction is at an “advanced stage”.

The three judges made the declaration via the Appeal Court registrar, in response to a letter from Kartel’s lead Attorney, Queen’s Counsel Tom Tavares Finson, enquiring about the lengthy delay in the judgement.

The Appeal Court Judges via the Court Registrar responded to Tavares Finson and other attorneys for Kartel and his co-appellants in a letter dated December 2.

“I am directed to advise that the judgement herein is at an advanced stage of preparation,” stated the registrar in the letter, adding “As soon as it is ready and the court has set a delivery date, all the parties will be duly notified.”

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was convicted alongside Kahira Jones, Andre St John, and Shawn Storm for the murder of associate Clive “Lizard” Williams.

The four were given life sentences at the Home Circuit Court in Kingston. Kartel will be eligible for parole after 35 years. His co-accused, St John, will do 30 years before being considered for parole. Jones and Campbell are to serve 25 years before they are eligible for parole.

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