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Trafigura case back in court today

Published:Monday | September 24, 2012 | 8:36 AM

The hearing into the application by the People’s National Party (PNP), challenging an order for several of its members to answer questions relating to the Trafigura donation, is to go before the Constitutional Court today.

Dutch authorities want to question PNP President Portia Simpson Miller, party chairman Robert Pickergill and senior members Phillip Paulwell and Colin Campbell about a $31 million donation to the party by Trafigura Beheer.

It is illegal for Dutch companies to donate to political parties.

At the time of the donation in 2006, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the PNP Administration which had formed the government.

In court documents, the PNP is contending that the order for its officials to answer questions in relation to the Trafigura probe by Dutch authorities is a breach of their constitutional rights.

The matter was sent to the Constitutional Court, after the Court of Appeal overturned a ruling by Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell on December 5, 2011.

Justice Campbell had denied a request by the PNP to take the matter to the Constitutional Court saying the questions being put to the politicians were served on them long ago and they had enough time to raise their concerns.

The Trafigura hearing in the Supreme Court has been suspended pending the outcome of the motion in the Constitutional Court.