‘My opponents are spinning it’: Darboe speaks on tax troubles for the first time as UDP leader says he would have served a jail term if he had committed a crime

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UDP leader Ousainou Darboe has dismissed suggestions he committed a crime by refusing to pay tax.

The Supreme Court last month upheld a Court of Appeal judgment that validated an inquiry’s finding that Mr Darboe owed nearly two million dalasis to the state. Critics pounced to say the UDP leader committed a crime.

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Mr Darboe told Gambians from his official Facebook page on Wednesday: “I want to make one thing abundantly clear: the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Commission of Inquiry have never found me to have committed any tax evasion.

“If I had, if that was any finding, I would have served my prison term for that because tax evasion is a crime. And in Jammeh’s era, a commission of inquiry could not have found me to have committed an offence and I get immune from prosecution.

“The simple judgment of the Court of Appeal is that I owe tax liabilities. It’s quite clear but of course, my political detractors, my opponents are spinning it to say it was tax evasion.”

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