An article in today’s Jamaica Observer states,
“THE ghost of the 2006 Trafigura scandal yesterday returned to haunt the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and, in particular, former information minister Colin Campbell as the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has recommended that he be charged for obstructing and hindering the contractor general’s probe of the affair.”
I have selected relevant portions of the article
Trafigura came to the attention of Jamaicans in 2006 when the then Opposition Jamaica Labour Party revealed that the firm, which traded oil for Jamaica on the international market, had donated $31 million to an account operated by Campbell, who at the time was also the PNP’s general secretary.
The money was transferred to the account just prior to the PNP’s annual conference that year.
Trafigura Beheer said the money was part of a commercial agreement, while the PNP maintained that it was a donation to the party.
“They made the offer. They said that they know elections are imminent in Jamaica and they are intending to make a contribution,” Campbell told journalists at a news conference in October 2006 at the PNP headquarters.
“The ensuing scandal from the transaction damaged the PNP, and Campbell resigned as PNP general secretary and from the Cabinet. A few days later, PNP president and then prime minister Portia Simpson Miller ordered the money sent back.”
The article then reports allegations the truth of which is unknown to me. I report but make no allegations myself.
“Just over a year later, in November 2007, Prime Minister Bruce Golding told Parliament that the Dutch police believed Trafigura Beheer had bribed Jamaican public officials in 2006.”
[Contractor General, Greg] “Christie said that the failure of the Dutch police and Campbell to provide him with the information he needed resulted in him being unable to ascertain the reasons for the payments and whether they had any bearing on the oil lifting contracts.”