The Chamber of Freight and Trade has rejected a report issued by the Office of the Special Prosecutor which cited the Chief Executive Officer of Labianca Group of Companies for corruption related offenses.
A statement issued by the chamber on Wednesday, said the CEO of Labianca, Hon. Eunice Jacqueline Asomah-Hinneh, who doubles as a Council of State member did not violate the law in any way.
This follows after the Office of the Special Prosecutor had accused the Council of State member for allegedly using her position to get a favourable decision from the Customs Division of the GRA leading to a reduction in her company’s tax liabilities.
The OSP also disclosed that an amount of ¢1.074 million was recovered from Labianca Company Limited.
Meanwhile, the chamber has described this as “a clear case of give a dog a bad name and hang it.”
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor got it all wrong, This is a clear case of giving a dog a bad name and hanging it. The chamber strongly believes that both Labianca and the Customs division of GRA acted in accordance with the Laws of Ghana, specifically the Customs Act 2015 (Act 891), it noted.
According to the Chamber, “It is never out of place or illegal for any importer for this matter Labianca company limited to engage Customs after the first three years of operations for “customs advance ruling” under section 12 of the customs Act(Act 891), The company or their Agents may not have known that there is a provision in the customs Act that allow for an engagement with Customs for value acceptance within their first three years of operations.”
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