I would first like to again reiterate that I never killed Clive Williams nor did I order his killing. To my family I want to say thank you for being there for me. Equally to my fans whose unremitting support matters to me!
Bless, [Vybz] Kartel.
To the fans and fams I am an innocent man and I am just saying I am good and in great health and spirit. So from me to the fans and ma fams and my mother, daughter and family I am confident that in the long run I will be vindicated.
And come August 11, murder convicted Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm will be afforded the opportunity to have their appeal against their sentencing heard –– if their fans would allow justice to run its course . . . .
If the “misguided” fans of Adidja Palmer –– better known as Vybz Kartel –– would heed his appeal to stop threatening and intimidating others on his behalf.
As the incarcerated reggae artist sensibly warns –– at least ostensibly so –– such action will be of no help to him, “or my fellow appellants and is playing into the hands of the police and others who are seeking to discredit me and prejudice the fair hearing of my appeal”.
“I hold no ill-well [sic] to anyone who was involved in my trial,” Kartel wrote in a statement post-conviction, “and I put my faith in the judicial system and the appeal process on which we have now embarked . . . .”
No number of fans could be so naive and uninformed as to jeopardize the legitimate chances of their beloved idol or idols by unbridled transgressions and would-be crimes of passion that would benefit their gods nothing, and bring themselves little more than temporary satiation with spilled blood.
It may not have been so horrid, had the fan threats all come after the verdict against Kartel and company. But the intimidation and scare tactics were there all through the murder trial. Following the testimony of Detective Sergeant Linton, for example, an attempt was made to firebomb his home, according to Jamaican police reports.
Later, a bag containing photographs of the detective, a cow’s eye and tongue with his name written on it were left at the policeman’s home. This ritual is said to be practised in other countries as a warning to court witnesses to keep their silence, or else . . . .
Police say threats were even made to the staff of one of the major telecommunications providers, resulting in employees avoiding the wearing
of uniforms or paraphernalia that might identify them with the company.
And let us not forget the allegations against Livingston Cain of attempting to bribe his fellow jurors with hundreds of thousands of dollars into returning a not guilty verdict for Kartel and company –– whose case comes up in court next week: Thursday, April 24 to be exact.
And now we have the spectre of journalists being threatened –– by telephone calls –– with death for doing their legitimate and professional job: reporting on the Vybz Kartel case.
“P . . . hole, a wah dat yu write bout di man a bran him as informa; wi know weh yu live,” a Jamaica Observer editor was told.
The following message was left for a Nationwide radio journalist: “Tell Abka to leave £#@%* Kartel alone because wi know weh him live and wi a go murder di bwoy.”
We must admit this is a new twist to intimidation in matters of the police, the judicial system and the Press. Admittedly, we have had court witnesses, or would-be ones, executed before given testimony in some of our neighbouring member states, an ugly scab on the face of the Caribbean.
But we did not think it could possibly grow worse. When a mob believes its idols ought not to be punished for apparent wrongdoing, and takes the law into its own hands –– dispensing with and eliminating –– there comes a time when another group, having lost faith in a legal system under threat or made toothless, seeks to stand up for what it sees as the truly maligned and wronged. One form of violence begets the other.
Whatever the alleged crime, citizens –– fanatics and all –– must let the law take its course. They must, especially when those whom they love, adore and worship beg and implore that they do.
Whatever squeaky clean image fans may have of their demigods, support for and identification with them by means of illegitimate deeds are not worth sullying theirs –– and their families’.
As Vybz Kartel himself suggested, such illicit conduct, to boot, may only lead to their idols being further disparaged, discredited and destroyed.