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Trafigura appeal case to be heard January 16, 2017

Featured President of the PNP, Mrs Simpson Miller, and other senior members of that organization, are appealing a decision by Justice Lennox Campbell to have them give depositions to Dutch investigators in open court under oath. President of the PNP, Mrs Simpson Miller, and other senior members of that organization, are appealing a decision by Justice Lennox Campbell to have them give depositions to Dutch investigators in open court under oath.
KINGSTON, JUNE 18, 2016 - The appeal filed by former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and party officials (Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell and Norton Hinds)in the Trafigura case is now set for hearing on January16 next year.
 
The January date was set Friday morning when attorneys for Mrs. Simpson Miller and Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn, appeared before the Appeal Court.
    
President of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Justice Morrison recently issued a Stay blocking the hearing of the Trafigura case until an appeal filed by attorneys for People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson Miller was heard.
 
Justice Morrison gave his reasons in writing Friday morning.
    
President of the PNP, Mrs Simpson Miller, and other senior members of that organization, are appealing a decision by Justice Lennox Campbell to have them give depositions to Dutch investigators in open court under oath.
    
The attorneys for Mrs Simpson Miller, PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell, Colin Campbell, and businessman Norton Hinds - are strongly opposed to the ruling arguing that it is highly unusual for persons being asked to give statements in a criminal investigation, to be compelled to do so in open court.
    
The Dutch authorities want to question the PNP officials about the $31 million donation made by Trafigura Beheer to the Party in 2006. The PNP argue that the money was returned after
    
It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties. At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then Jamaican Government, led by a PNP administration.

Trafigura came to public attention in 2006 when the then Opposition Jamaica Labour Party revealed that the firm, which traded oil for Jamaica on the international market, had donated $31 million to an account operated by Campbell, who at the time was also the PNP’s general secretary.

Trafigura Beheer said the money was part of a commercial agreement, while the PNP maintained that it was a donation to the party.

“They made the offer. They said that they know elections are imminent in Jamaica and they are intending to make a contribution,” Campbell told journalists at a news conference in October 2006 at the PNP headquarters.

The ensuing uproar from the transaction resulted in the resignation of  Campbell as PNP general secretary and from the Cabinet. A few days later, PNP president and then prime minister Portia Simpson Miller ordered the money sent back.

Just over a year later, in November 2007, Prime Minister Bruce Golding told Parliament that the Dutch police believed Trafigura Beheer had bribed Jamaican public officials in 2006 and  on November 20, 2007, the the JLP controlled Parliament passed a resolution giving the Dutch investigators permission to probe the donation to the PNP.

 

Last modified onSaturday, 18 June 2016 20:03

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