The iconic dancehall figure Vybz Kartel also known as Adidja Palmer will learn of his fate in the Supreme Court downtown Kingston today. Last week’s sentencing was postponed after Justice Lennox Campbell and the lawyers agreed that certain guidelines regarding sentencing were not yet ironed out: this according to a Jamaica Observer report.
There are mixed views as to whether the self acclaimed world boss’ verdict was deserved, and there may be information as was exposed in the trial to support it. Regardless of the views however the Jamaican court system (which was also on trial) gave a guilty verdict. Therefore the world in hours or less will hear what his, along with the guilty co accused punishment shall be.
While the world may be acquainted with Kybz Kartel very little is known of Mr. Adidja Palmer. This was the person at one point introduced to the court as a family man: a husband and father, the sole bread winner of his household and also seemingly a decent law abiding citizen (Ironically, it is said that he does not expose his children to his music). It appeared to be a ploy by his lawyers to shift the attention from the controversial dancehall personality so that it may not be the basis of judgment. This is also the view portrayed by some in sympathy against his verdict.
The argument though poses some questions: can we segregate the two? Is Mr. Palmer a separate individual from Vybz Kartel? Is he (Mr. Palmer) the innocent victim in this entire saga? If the answers to the above questions are no, then this argument is futile. Surely he (Kartel or Mr. Palmer) would not have been known except for the exploits on stage and in the media. So while he and his lawyers may reason that the image: Vybz Kartel, is the business; which is the entity providing a product or service in exchange for money, he is also the individual who resides in Jamaica, raise a family and conducts business. Note also he has a case to answer about perverting the course of justice relating to this same trial.