Attorney KD Knight says Portia has nothing to hide
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller and four other members of the People's National Party will today face a judge for the first time in the long running Trafigura case, and her attorney K.D. Knight says she has nothing to hide.
High Court judge Lennox Campbell last week issued subpoenas for Simpson Miller and her PNP functionaries to attend court today for the start of the case.
However, the hearing will not happen as the Appeal Court last week ordered that it is to be stayed until the hearing of an appeal by the PNP officials as to whether they should be questioned under oath in open court in relation to the $31 million donation to the party by Dutch firm Trafigura Beheer.
According to Knight, He and his client Portia Simpson Miller are expected to be in court for five minutes.
PHOTO: K.D. Knight and Portia Simpson Miller
He maintains that an open court is not the proper route to get statements from his client who he insists are witnesses in the Trafigura matter, not suspects.
Former cabinet ministers Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, and Colin Campbell, as well as businessman, Norton Hinds were subpoenaed and are also expected in court this morning.
On Friday, the Appeal Court dismissed an application by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to strike out the appeal against an open court hearing and ordered that the case be halted until an appeal is heard.
Dutch authorities want to question the PNP officials 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 Jamaican Government under the then PNP administration.
Under a treaty with the Netherlands, the DPP is bound to pose the questions to the PNP officials on behalf of the Dutch authorities.