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Subpoenas for Simpson Miller and other PNP officials ready, with police

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 6:39 PM
Leader of the Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller.

The subpoena to get Leader of the Opposition and President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller to appear in court in relation to the Trafigura case is now with the police.

So too are the subpoenas for PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill and party officials Phillip Paulwell and Colin Campbell.

A similar subpoena is also with the police for businessman Norton Hinds.

The development was confirmed by officials at the Supreme Court Registry this afternoon.

The officials indicated that the police have until tomorrow to indicate if the subpoenas were executed.

Yesterday, Supreme Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell ordered the subpoenas after the PNP officials and Hinds failed to turn up in court for the resumption of the Trafigura case.

READ: Portia Simpson Miller subpoenaed in Trafigura case

Dutch Authorities want to question them about a $31-million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006.

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.