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Simpson Miller, PNP officials in court for Trafigura matter

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 10:51 AM

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

President of the People's National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is now seated in the Supreme Court awaiting the arrival of Justice Lennox Campbell.

PNP chairman Robert Pickersgill, PNP Region Three chairman Phillip Paulwell, former PNP general secretary Colin Campbell and businessman Norton Hinds are also in court.

They are awaiting the start of the Trafigura case, which is expected to be adjourned following a ruling by the Court of Appeal last Friday.

High Court judge Lennox Campbell last week issued subpoenas for Simpson Miller and the other PNP functionaries to attend court today for the start of the case.

IN PHOTO: PNP President Portia Simpson Miller

Dutch authorities want to question the PNP officials under oath about a $31 million donation by Dutch company Trafigura Beheer to the party in 2006 which illegal under Dutch laws.

However, the hearing will not happen today 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.

READ: Court rejects application to strike out appeal in Trafigura matter

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions had applied to the court to strike out the appeal against an open court hearing claiming that since 2011 Simpson Miller's team had done nothing to advance the matter.