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K.D. Knight: I wasn't hostile to judge

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 6:00 AM
K.D. Knight

THE EDITOR, Sir:

In your e-paper of June 10, 2016, you published the following article, 'Testy exchange at Trafigura hearing', which contains a serious misrepresentation: "Knight and the judge engaged in several testy exchanges, one of which involved the Queen's Counsel admitting that he was being hostile to the judge and refusing to follow certain directives."

I never at any time said that I was hostile to the judge. On Thursday, June 9, 2016 in an interview with Cliff Hughes on Power 106, I admitted saying, "I was very hostile" and explained fully to Mr Hughes that I was "very hostile to the proceedings". That comment by me was made in the context of the judge embarking on a course which was in contravention of the order for a further stay of all the proceedings before His Lordship Justice Lennox Campbell imposed by the Court of Appeal.

The judge wanted to have a date set for the hearing of an appeal lodged in the Court of Appeal in 2011 and over which he has no jurisdiction and sought to know if there would be cooperation in so doing. I was "very hostile" to that and remain so, as I could never cooperate with that which I know to be wrong.

The parties are scheduled to go to the Court of Appeal on June 17, 2016 for case management, which will no doubt include the settling of a date, among other things.

I would be grateful if you publish a correction on the same medium.

K.D. Knight (QC)