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Trafigura case management hearing today

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 6:13 AM

A case management hearing is scheduled for today for the lawyers involved in the Trafigura matter to determine whether there are any obstacles to an appeal going ahead.

It's an important step before the possible hearing of the appeal filed by the lawyers for People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller and four other party functionaries.

The lawyers are appealing against a ruling by Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell that Simpson Miller and the others should answer in open court questions by Dutch officials about a $31-million donation to the party in 2006.

Dutch officials, acting through the Director of Public Prosecutions as the Central Authority, want to question under oath Simpson Miller; PNP chairman Robert Pickersgill, Region Three chairman Phillip Paulwell, former general secretary Colin Campbell and businessman Norton Hinds.

However, the matter has stalled since November 2011 pending the outcome of the appeal.

Lawyers representing the PNP officials have contended that they were unable to proceed with their appeal because they were awaiting Justice Campbell’s written ruling.

However, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said the written ruling has been at the Supreme Court since 2011.

Among the issues to be settled at today's case management hearing is whether Justice Campbell has already provided his reasons.

Last week the DPP made another effort to restart the case, but it could not go forward because of an earlier order by the Appeal Court that the matter should be stayed until the appeal is heard.