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Portia, 4 other PNP members to take Trafigura case to Privy Council

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Attorneys for former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller and senior officials of the People's National Party (PNP) will on Tuesday outline arguments to have the so called “Trafigura affair” case go before the London-based Privy Council.

Last year, the Appeal Court dismissed their appeal against a Supreme Court ruling that Simpson Miller, Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, Colin Campbell and Norton Hinds, must testify in open court about the J$31 million donation by Trafigura Baheer to the PNP in 2006.

The Dutch authorities want to question the former prime minister and PNP president and the senior PNP members but they have challenged the ruling to give statements in public.

Under Dutch law it's illegal for companies to donate to political parties. At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then PNP administration.

In 2006, the Trafigura scandal resulted in the resignation of Colin Campbell as Information Minister.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has filed documents opposing the application for the matter to be taken to the Privy Council, Jamaica's highest court.

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