Sun | Aug 9, 2020

PNP's Trafiguara Privy Council hearing set for March 1, 2021

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:00 AM

The high-interest Trafigura case involving former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and four other senior People's National Party (PNP) bigwigs is scheduled to be heard in the UK-based Privy Council on March 1, 2021.

Lawyers for the PNP are challenging, among other things, a decision by the Supreme Court to make an order that Simpson Miller, Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, Colin Campbell, and Norton Hinds can answer questions in open court from Dutch investigators probing a $31 million donation to the PNP.

The order was upheld by the Appeal Court.

Dutch authorities want to question the former prime minister and past PNP president and other senior party members but they have challenged the ruling to give statements in public.

Under Dutch law, it is illegal for companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then PNP administration.

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn confirmed the court date this afternoon.  

“Andrea Martin Swaby, deputy director of public prosecutions, was informed by the lawyers in England and she told me. We have lawyers in England appearing for us,” Llewellyn said. 

The Office of the DPP will be appearing as the designated central authority in the matter, acting on behalf of the Dutch authorities.

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