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Three Roko Construction managers charged with evading taxes
By Edward Anyoli
THREE top managers of Roko Construction Uganda Limited have appered in Court charged with evading taxes amounting to sh12.5b.
Dragomir Lakic a Yugoslav, Bridgitte Koehler a Swiss and Mark Koehler a Swiss were charged at the Anti- Corruption Court and remanded to Luzira prison. They denied the charges.
Shortly after, Magistrate Sarah Langa Siu committed them to the High Court to face trial. They were advised by the Magistrate to apply for bail in the High Court Anti- Corruption Division.
Prosecution led by Mary Kamuli Kuteesa said Lakic , Bridgitte and Koehler for several years being the Manager director , General Manager and Chief Administrative officer respectively at Roko Construction Limited under declared Value added tax and Corporation tax.
Prosecution further said the accused omitted the sum from the Corporation tax return filed at Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), knowing that the omission would lead to tax loss.
The three are also accused of deliberately evading Customs duties tax during financial year between 2002 and 20004 payable to Uganda Revenue.
In a separate charge Dragomir is accused of omitting Pay as You Earn returns tax for the months of October November and December in 2003 payable to URA.
In another joint charge prosecution alleges that between 2005 and 2006 the three respectively at Roko Construction, included false and fictitious entries Corporation tax returns which caused loss to URA.
The suspects were represented by MacDosman Kabega.
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