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Trafigura case to resume next week

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 5:12 AM

After years of delay, the hearing into the controversial Trafigura case is to resume in court on Tuesday.

Dutch Authorities want to question officials of the People's National Party (PNP) about a $31-million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006.

The matter was partly heard by Justice Lennox Campbell more than four years ago, but has been at a standstill due to legal challenges from attorneys representing officials of the PNP.

Lawyers for the PNP officials had indicated that they would appeal a court decision  requiring the PNP officials to answer questions in open court.

However, Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, acting in her capacity as the Designated Central Authority for Mutual Legal Assignment, says she has not been served with any documents in any appeal.

Noting that the judge is to retire next month and the passage of time, she says the registrar at the Supreme Court last week indicated that Justice Campbell has indicated that he’s prepared to resume the hearing next week.

She says Justice Campbell has indicated that he’s prepared to resume the hearing next week.

 

Paula Llewellyn, the Designated Central Authority for Mutual Legal Assignment

Businessman Norton Hinds, who had started to respond to questions, is expected to continue on the witness stand when the hearing resumes next week.

Authorities in The Netherlands want to question Hinds, PNP President Portia Simpson Miller, Robert Pickersgill, Phillip Paulwell, and Colin Campbell about the $31-million donation.

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 then PNP administration.

The designated central authority is posing the questions to the PNP officials on behalf of the Dutch authorities under Jamaica's mutual legal assistance treaty with The Netherlands.