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The Netherlands may have already drawn conclusions in Trafigura case - DPP

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 6:16 PM
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn said her office will now write to Dutch authorities outlining the decision of the Appeal Court and await their instructions.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says authorities in The Netherlands have made their observations about the Trafigura case and may have already drawn their own conclusions.

Llewellyn was speaking in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre following a decision by the Court of Appeal yesterday to dismiss an application she filed to strike out an appeal by lawyers for People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller and other PNP functionaries.

The rejection of the appeal means a further delay in the Trafigura hearing to question Simpson Miller and others about a $31 million donation to the PNP by Dutch firm Trafigura Beheer.

The case has been adjourned since November 2011 when the PNP lawyers obtained a court order that placed the proceedings on hold until the hearing of an appeal ass to whether the matter should happen in open court.

Llewellyn said her office will now write to Dutch authorities outlining the decision of the Appeal Court and await their instructions.

The DPP is the designated Central Authority under the Mutual Assistance Treaty that is acting on behalf of Dutch authorities.

Dutch authorities want to question Simpson Miller, PNP chairman Robert Pickersgill, the Party's Region Three chairman Phillip Paulwell, former PNP general secretary Colin Campbell and businessman Norton Hinds under oath about the $31 million donation while Trafigura Beheer had a contract with the government.

Meanwhile, attorney-at-law Patrick Atkinson, who is part of the legal team for the five PNP functionaries, is curious about what he describes as the sudden push to have the case restarted.

Atkinson says he was not surprised by yesterday's decision of the Appeal Court.

According to the former Attorney General, the ruling by the Appeal Court reflects the actual state of affairs in the case.

The PNP is appealing a ruling by Justice Lennox Campbell that the case be heard in open court.

However, Atkinson says to date the attorneys for the five PNP functionaries have not received the Judge's reasons in writing.