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VYBZ KARTEL TRIAL: Witness calls questions asked 'inappropriate', decides not to answer

Published:Friday | January 17, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Vybz Kartel murder trial continued this morning with a police witness claiming privilege from answering certain questions.

Detective corporal Shawn Brown from the Organised Crime Investigation Division claimed privilege under the Interception of Communication Act when asked certain questions by defense lawyer, Michael Lorne.

Lorne was questioning whether he saw when a previous witness Joseph Simmonds signed his statement and also who gave the order to write to Digicel for call data and text message records.

The witness said the questions asked were inappropriate under the law.

Presiding judge, Justice Lennox Campbell intervened and said the witness’ answers are appropriate as under the law, he can refuse to answer.

Simmonds is the group head of business risk at Digicel.

He had testified to receiving a police request for subscriber information in relation to 40 telephone numbers.

He had also told the court that he prepared a statement along with two compact discs containing the data extracted from Digicel’s system.

Prosecutors have since disclosed that one of the CDs has gone missing.

In relation to questions from another defense lawyer, Pierre Rogers the police witness disclosed that he did not get a receipt when he handed over CDs to the late prosecutor Joan Barnett.

Rogers said except for the witness and the police, there is nobody to contradict his claim.

Kartel is jointly charged with fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones, Shane Williams and Andre St John for the alleged August 16, 2011 murder of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

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