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Protection for Vybz Kartel prosecutors

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Mar 19, 2014 | 8:29am EDT

Police in Jamaica have increased security details around the prosecutors involved in the Vybz Kartel murder trial amid fears of revenge attacks. The dancehall star was found guilty in March (14) of the murder of his former associate Clive Williams in August, 2011. Jamaica's Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn now reveals the country's police force has increased the level of protection around her office, with the case's lead prosecutor Jeremy Taylor and his junior Leighton Morris being provided with security. Llewellyn declined to reveal the details of the protective measures, but said they would remain in place until law enforcement officials decide they are no longer necessary. The Gleaner newspaper quotes Llewellyn as saying, "They will remain in place until I am advised by the police authorities that they are no longer required... The welfare of my staff is paramount." The main prosecution witness in the trial, and Williams' sister Stephanie Breakenridge, are already in protective custody. Pon De Floor hitmaker Kartel, who was found guilty alongside associates Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, is due to be sentenced on 27 March (14). A fourth man, Shane Williams, was acquitted. In 2013, Kartel was cleared of the murder of a businessman in 2011.

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