Jamaican party returns gift
The governing party in Jamaica has returned a controversial US$460,000 donation from a Dutch firm, an official said.
Information Minister Donald Buchanan said the gift, $31 million in Jamaican currency, was sent back this week on the instructions of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.
He said: "I can safely say that the money was returned in full ..."
The existence of the gift from the oil trading firm, Trafigura Beheer, was revealed by the parliamentary opposition Jamaica Labour Party last October.
Opposition spokesmen and the business sector questioned whether it breached political ethics as Trafigura has had a longstanding contract with the state-owned Petroleum Corporation.
Mr Buchanan's predecessor as information minister Colin Campbell resigned at the height of the controversy.
Mr Campbell acknowledged appealing to the Dutch firm for financial assistance.
The governing Peoples National Party and Trafigura had always denied any wrongdoing.
The controversy also led to a debate on the funding of political parties.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica Labour Party has asked the government to say where it got the money from to repay Trafigura.