KINGSTON, JAMAICA JUNE 3, 2016- Appeal Court judge Mr. Justice Morrison on Friday ruled that a Stay is now in place blocking the hearing of the Trafigura case until an appeal filed by attorneys for People's National Party (PNP) leader Portia Simpson Miller is heard.
The Director of Public Prosecution Paula Llewellyn had applied to Justice Morrison for clarity following an order by Supreme Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell for subpoenas to be served on Mrs Simpson Miller and party officials (Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell and Norton Hinds) after they failed to appear in court on Tuesday.
The attorneys for the PNP argued that they had obtained a Stay in the case until their appeal against an order by Justice Campbell is heard.
Ms Llewellyn asked the Appeal Court to strike out the appeal, claiming that the appeal has delayed the Trafigura case for more than a year.
The move follows an assertion by Simpson Miller's lead attorney, K.D. Knight, that he has a court order barring Justice Campbell from going ahead with the Trafigura case on Monday.
In his ruling, Justice Morrison dismissed the application by the DPP and ordered the registrar to fix a date for the hearing of the appeal. He then ruled that the Stay remain in place until the appeal is heard.
This means that the Trafigura case remains on hold until the appeal.
Dutch Authorities want to question officials of the PNP about a $31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006. The Party contends that the donation was returned.
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 government.