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Trafigura investigation delayed

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2008 | 10:24 AM

Dutch Investigators probing the controversial Trafigura donation to the Peoples National Party (PNP) are expected to return to the island to question members of the party in February.

John Junor, whose law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels, is representing the PNP members, said he met with the investigators yesterday to arrange a date for the interviews.

PNP chairman, Robert Pickersgill, former general secretaries Donald Buchanan and Colin Campbell, and former Commerce Minister, Phillip Paulwell are the persons to be interviewed.

The three member Dutch team arrived in the island on January 7, to speak with persons with knowledge of a wire transfer by Trafigura Beheer to two bank accounts linked to Mr. Campbell.

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

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