Chi­nese con­trac­tor charged with Sh66 mil­lion tax eva­sion

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

A Chi­nese na­tional was charged yes­ter­day with tax eva­sion. Hongyou Huang, alias Yel­low, (pic­tured) is the vice pres­i­dent of the China Na­tional AeroTech­nol­ogy In­ter­na­tional En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion. He is ac­cused, jointly with oth­ers not be­fore court, of fail­ing to pay Sh66 mil­lion in taxes on di­verse dates be­tween 2010 and 2014. Huang is charged – along­side his com­pa­nies’ Avic In­ter­na­tional Real Es­tate, ACEG Ltd, Catic and Avic In­ter­na­tional Prop­erty Nairobi Ltd – for fail­ing to pay the taxes. He faces an­other charge of fail­ing to ap­pear be­fore the Kenya Rev­enue Au­thor­ity com­mis­sion at Times Tow­ers, Nairobi, on May 4 this year, hav­ing been no­ti­fied on April 28. Huang de­nied the charges be­fore Mil­i­mani chief mag­is­trate Daniel Ogembo. His lawyer Ian Maina dis­missed prose­cu­tion’s claims he is a flight risk, say­ing he has been in the coun­try for more than 22 years. Maina asked the court to re­lease his client on rea­son­able bond terms, say­ing he will abide with all the con­di­tions set. The mag­is­trate or­dered the ac­cused be re­leased on Sh5 mil­lion bond with a Kenyan surety or Sh1 mil­lion bail. Ogembo also di­rected the ac­cused to de­posit his pass­port with the court. The Chi­nese was ar­rested af­ter his com­pany was em­broiled in con­tro­versy over the can­cel­la­tion of the Sh55 bil­lion Green Field ter­mi­nal project at the JKIA. His firm had won the con­tract to de­sign and build the fa­cil­ity at the air­port. The hear­ing of the case will be on Novem­ber 22.

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