The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Director linked to a questionable $9 million donation made by Petrojam says he was a simple courier conveying information as requested of him.
Lionel Myrie was speaking today (May 14, 2019) at parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which he was summoned to attend some weeks ago.
Myrie was invited to answer questions about his role in the sponsorship pay-out to a citizens’ association in the former Energy Minister’s constituency.
This after a performance audit of Petrojam found that Myrie reportedly sent an email to then General Manager of Petrojam, Floyd Grindley, on July 5, 2017, on behalf of a citizens’ association cancelling its request for a $9 million donation towards a community project.
The email included a request from a second citizens’ association to which the $9 million donation was subsequently made.
That donation is now the subject of a probe by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).
Speaking at today’s meeting, Mr. Myrie initially declared that while he had nothing to hide, his comments would be limited, due to the on-going investigation by MOCA.
Following a reminder from PAC chairman, Mark Golding, that refusal to cooperate with the committee could result in prosecution by the courts, Mr. Myrie became more cooperative, telling the PAC that he had requested the donation on behalf of a now deceased Councillor.