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Key witness: 'Vybz Kartel ordered me out of Jamaica'

IN COURT: Vybz Kartel

THE KEY witness at the centre of Vybz Kartel's murder trial told the court that the dancehall star and fellow entertainer Shawn 'Storm' Campbell tried to get him out of the country to prevent him telling police about the alleged killing of Clive 'Lizard' Williams.

The witness also denied suggestions by the defence that he made up a story about what happened at Kartel’s house on August 16, 2011.

Kartel and four others are charged with Williams' murder.

The witness said a day after the alleged attack, Campbell spoke to him telling him that he was going to take him to Guyana.

The witness said he told Campbell that he did not have a suitcase and the entertainer told him that he would get one for him.

According to the witness, Campbell told him that he was taking him out of the country because he did not want anybody to question him.

The witness said Campbell later gave him the suitcase which he said he took to his house and put clothes in it and a few days later called him and told him to get ready. He claims the entertainer then escorted him to the airport in the same taxi and driver that had taken him and Williams to Kartel's house on the day of the murder.

The witness said when they arrived at the airport he was met by Kartel and two other men who he identified as Sheeba and Mooney.

He said a plane ticket was purchased for him but they did not get to go on the flight as it had already left.

The witness said he was told to return the Thursday morning, but says on Wednesday night, alled his family to come get him and he left the community that night. He did not go to the airport as planned.

He said Campbell called him and asked him if he was ready but he said he was not going.

The witness said Kartel also called him asking him if he was going on the flight to Guyana because he did not want anybody to question him.

His revelation came on the same day he claimed he and Williams were allegedly attacked at Kartel’s house.

Under cross examination from defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson, the witness denied suggestions that Williams did not go to Kartel’s house.

He maintained that he, Lizard and Campbell entered the premises.

The witness denied suggestions that he and police investigators are a part of conspiracy and that he made up a story about what happened on August 16.

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