The Foreign Secretary and another Conservative minister “lobbied strongly” on behalf of Tullow Oil who were embroiled in a dispute over a £175 million unpaid tax bill in Uganda.
The Ugandan government said that Heritage Oil owed £250million in capital gains tax. Heritage paid £75million, but around £175million remains under dispute. Heritage is registered in Jersey – a tax haven.
Mr Hague personally telephoned the country’s President and the issue was given a high priority within the Foreign Office, the documents reveal.
The dispute arose after Heritage Oil sold assets in Uganda to Tullow Oil last year for $1.4billion (£870million).
Foreign Secretary suggests that Johnny Foreigner should obey terms of agreement Johnny Foreigner signed.
Jeebus, what does anyone think we have a Foreign Secretary for if not this?