Betty Mould-Iddrisu denies CP tax waiver claims
Former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu, on Tuesday denied that she ever granted any tax waiver of taxes to CP, a construction company, under a Settlement Agreement signed between government and company.
A statement issued in Accra by her lawyers, Dadzie and Associates, said reportage of proceedings of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee regarding the alleged tax waiver was “misleading and false”.
“Our client states emphatically that not one word or sentence in the Settlement Agreement exempts or grants waiver of taxes to CP,” the statement said.
“No objective, full and complete reading of the Settlement Agreement can lead to the conclusion that our client granted CP any tax waivers. It is trite law that in the interpretation of statues and documents ‘… a document must be read as a whole’. Indeed it is unacceptable in law to read a fragment or section of a document and draw general conclusions there from.”
The statement said Section (6) of The Terms of Settlement Agreement reinforced the validity of any claim(s) arising under the terms of the Agreement which of course may include legitimate tax obligation due from CP.
“Our client wishes to re-iterate that she at all material times exercised due diligence in the performance of her duties as Attorney General and Minister for Justice,” it added.