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Portia will be in court if she gets subpoena, says attorney

Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2016 | 5:58 PM
Simpson Miller and other PNP officials have been named in court documents to answer questions under oath about a $31 million Trafigura donation to the party.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller will be in court for the resumption of the Trafigura case on Monday if subpoenaed, says her lead attorney K D Knight.

Earlier today, Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell ordered that subpoenas be issued for Simpson Miller and four other PNP members  – party chairman Robert Pickersgill; PNP Region Three chairman, Phillip Paulwell; former PNP general secretary, Colin Campbell, and businessman Norton Hinds  – in the Trafigura matter after a near five year adjournment.

READ: Portia Simpson Miller subpoenaed in Trafigura case

"We honour whatever comes out of the court, at any level," Knight told The Gleaner.

IN PHOTO: Simpson Miller's lead attorney, KD Knight

"I am going to be there... and I will be armed with a court order," he said in reference to an order he obtained from the Appeal Court in December 2011.

According to Knight, the order bars Campbell from hearing the Trafigura case until Simpson Miller’s appeal is heard.

That appeal relates to whether Simpson Miller and other PNP officials named in court documents should answer questions under oath about a $31 million Trafigura donation to the party in open court.

Authorities in The Netherlands have been trying – through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – to get answers from the five about the $31-million donation made by the Dutch firm Trafigura Beheer to the PNP in 2006 while the party it formed the government.

Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the government at the time of the donation.