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Trafigura case adjourned indefinitely

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The long-delayed Tra-figura case was yesterday adjourned indefinitely during a testy sitting in the Supreme Court.

The case had been adjourned since November 2011 as lawyers for People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller and other PNP functionaries appealed a court order that they answer questions from Dutch authorities about a $31-million donation to the party in open court.

But last week, the Court of Appeal dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal, paving the way for the case to resume yesterday.

However, armed with a copy of the appeal court ruling, Simpson Miller's lead attorney, K.D. Knight, asked that she and the other PNP functionaries be released.

Things got tense when High Court judge Lennox Campbell asked that the attorneys set a date to have the appeal heard, noting that Jamaica was not fulfilling its obligations under an important international treaty.

In response, Knight told Campbell: "I am not setting any date."