Vybz Kartel tria, the ongest trial in Jamaican history,re-started yesterday after the week-end break, in the Home Circuit Court downtown Kingston Jamaica.
While yesterday defense attorney Taver Finson and Judge Campbell clashed about some corrections notes, before the jurors were ushered into the courtroom, when Kartel’s attorney asked the reason two notes were handed to the court registrar by the prosecution during his summation last week.
Today the high court judge presiding at Vybz Kartel’s murder trial has instructed jurors to examine whether the conduct of police support allegations by defense lawyers of fraud and corruption to seek convictions. Campbell told the 11-member jury to determine if Llamar Chow is a credible witness. He also said that they are allowed to reach a different verdict for each accused men.
Justice Lennox Campbell issued the charge to jurors as he reviewed the evidence from Digicel executive, Joseph Simmonds. Simmonds has testified in the trial that he had prepared a statement and two Compact Discs (CDs) containing call and text message records from 40 phone numbers. He said he had given the discs to the police, who made the request. It was also revealed that one of the discs that contained the original data extracted from the cell phones had gone missing.
The judge told the jurors that they have to determine if the missing disc is a part of the conspiracy argued by defense lawyers. He also told the jurors to examine whether the conduct of the police in handling the case supports the allegations by defense lawyers that there was corruption and fraud to secure the men’s conviction. Justice Campbell referred to the phone that was in the custody of the police and used by them to sent texts and other things while Kartel was already in custody. He reminded that the defense is arguing that the phone was compromised at different stages while in police custody. He told the jurors that they have to consider and examine carefully the complaints of the defense. The judge is now on his fourth day of summation.