Today the commercial high court has read a verdict rejecting Assinapol Rwagira family appeal against Rwanda Revenue Authority for illegally closing their Premier Tobacco Company.
The verdict nullified the case brought against Rwanda Revenue Authority for the closure of the Rwigara industry that manufactured cigarettes over tax arrears estimated to be more than Rwf5billion.
The family says that the confiscation of some of the properties failed them to continue the business.
The verdict was passed days after the Rwigara family had been tried for other crimes they are accused of committing.
The first hearing on the case brought against RRA took place at the Nyarugenge intermediary court where the family lost the case.
Rwigara family says that RRA confiscated cartons of cigarettes, business documents for the industry and froze two bank accounts which prompted it to stop business.
The first appeal hearing occurred on Tuesday and on Thursday the commercial high court concluded that RRA acted legally.
The family’s lawyers say that RRA took some of the industry’s business documents which they cannot do without.
RRA lawyers say that the family was requested to take copies of the business documents and any information it needs but they refused. The lawyers also add that they need the original business documents to have evidence of tax aversion.
The judge requested RRA to give the family copies of the business documents but put on them some evidencing signs.