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Dutch investigators to meet with Golding

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2008 | 1:00 PM

Dutch Investigators who are currently in the island probing the controversial Trafigura donation of $31 million to the Peoples National Party (PNP) are expected to meet with Prime Minister, Bruce Golding today.

The investigators reportedly met with Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Kent Pantry yesterday.

The investigators will also be meeting with former government ministers Collin Campbell, Philip Paulwell and Robert Pickersgill and businessman Norton Hinds.

The matter raised concerns because Trafigura was the holder of a government contract to lift Nigerian oil on behalf of Jamaica.

PNP claimed the money was a gift, but Trafigura said it was a commercial transaction.

Opposition Leader at the time, Bruce Golding invited the Dutch authorities to come to Jamaica to probe the issue.

Last year the matter resurfaced, when Mr. Golding revealed that Dutch investigators believed that Trafigura engaged in bribery, which is a criminal offence.