On Wednesday morning (November 30) it was rumored that dancehall star Vybz Kartel escaped from a holding facility in Jamaica, but new reports from the Jamaica Observer confirm that the entertainer actually appeared in court today, and will have two follow up court dates on December 21 and February 3.
According to the Observer, the 35-year-old performer made an appearance in the Gun Court Division of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court this morning and he will return again later in the month when the defense will present documents pertaining to the murder of Barrington ‘Bossie’ Burton. On February 3, Kartel will face a preliminary inquiry on the murder case.
Boomshots caught up with Vybz Kartel's attorney, Christian Tavares-Finson, who shed further light on the situation.
Clarifying the rumor:
"We were in court with [Vybz Kartel] this morning,so as far as his location and his status he’s still in the custody of the police. He did attend court this morning. He was brought to court by the police. As far as if people are concerned with whether or not it’s true, or any doubt, I think we can put that to rest. His defense team was in court this morning, and he was also present."
On Kartel's state of mind:
"As always, he’s in good spirits. He has full confidence in his defense team, which he chose himself. As far as we’re concerned, we will make significant progress as time passes. We’re confident that, based on what we have seen, it is going to be very difficult for the prosecution to continue bringing cases against him."
On the possible motives behind the rumor:
"Eventually it will be a jury trial. When one considers the population of Jamaica, you have to realize that it is a small jury pool. Any thought of rumor or any story being carried that is not true will prejudice the jury pool. We have to be very careful. At the end of the day, we want him to have a fair trial. It’s not about prejudice one way or the other, but about a fail trial. That is what we are seeking as the defense."
On Kartel's reaction to the rumors:
"He laughed [Laughs.]! The sense of humor is still in tact."