- Vybz Kartel is one step closer to regaining freedom after the UK's highest court agreed to review his murder conviction
- His lawyer Isat Buchanan said a digital forensic expert had found that the phone used to jail Kartel was tampered with while in police custody
- The certified expert established that the timestamp of a video used to place Kartel at the scene of the crime was falsified
Could Vybz Kartel be freed? New revelations raise serious questions about the evidence used to convict the dancehall music superstar, real name Adidja Palmer, for murder.
Speaking to FOX 5, Kartel's lawyer said that crucial evidence used against the Summer Time hitmaker was falsified.
Tampered video timestamp
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The digital forensic expert, David John Martin-Woodgate, established that a video that put Kartel at the crime scene had a different timestamp from the embed time, which cannot be altered.
Buchanan said that Kartel was at the hospital when the crime was committed.
"Tampering or a misreporting of the time was crucial. So the time was clearly changed to fit the prosecution's case," Buchanan said.
Evidence phone used to make calls
Woodgate also discovered that the BlackBerry phone confiscated from Kartel by Jamaican authorities had been used to make calls, which is against the law.
Standard law enforcement protocol dictates that seized evidence be sealed in a bag to prevent tampering.
"There was no explanation as to why was the bag open, why wasn't it locked, who opened it, who would have touched it before, during, or after, all of that. So those concerns were raised by the expert."
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The evidence convinced the Privy Council, the United Kingdom's highest court, to review Kartel’s plea.
The court will have the final say on whether the music icon, with a legion of loyal fans worldwide, will be freed or remain behind bars.
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