Shawn Storm feels the Jamaican justice system was pressured into its decision.

On Friday Shawn Storm’s lead attorney Bert Samuels expressed disappointment following the appeal ruling.

Samuels says they are already prepared to take the matter to the Privy Council in London. The attorney also revealed that his client does not feel he was given a fair trial as the justice system was pressured.

“Mr Campbell expressed to me that there is certain perception of a pressure that is on the justice system in Jamaica. He feels the outcome was influenced by who they are. “And we don’t think that the Privy Council comes under any such pressure when we take matters to them.”

“Persons who have had an interest in this case have told me that they think that public pressure would have factored in this case. We have an independent judiciary, so we don’t expect that kind of pressure to go to them.” However, he admits his client, “feels that this pressure is out there.”

Samuels went on to disclose a realistic timeline for a new appeal to the Privy Council. “Definitely, towards the end of 2020, but the COVID-19 is an issue which makes so many things unpredictable, but definitely, we will be arguing latest 2021.”

The attorney says that the next step will be seeking permission from the Jamaican court to take the case overseas. However, if permission is not granted, they will approach the Privy Council directly.

He added that the financial cost of such an appeal would usually require attorneys to travel to London. However, the justice system has improved drastically in the last decade through technology.

“The Privy Council has now provided for us to have live-streaming by the attorneys in Jamaica, and we can do it by video link to the Privy Council. It has substantially reduced the cost of appearing in the Privy Council. So we may be opting to have a live-streaming of this appeal to the Privy Council, where we will be at a location in Jamaica, and we are addressing the Privy Council,” Samuels said.

Shawn “Strom” Campbell was convicted along with Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, Kahira Jones, and Andre St John, for the August 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.