It has come to light that Chinese galamsey kingpin Aisha Huang and her cronies have been communicating on the social media site “WeChat” on illicit mining operations in the nation.
The famed galamsey queen and seven other Chinese citizens have so far been detained and held in custody by two different courts in Accra.
Two more Ghanaians have been charged and given bail, including a reverend pastor who is allegedly connected to the Chinese illegal miners.
Aisha Huang and her four accomplices were found to have been utilizing the social media platform “WeChat” for their unlawful actions, according to documents submitted to the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court, which is presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo.
Mercy Arthur, a Principal State Attorney, informed the court that “it was further disclosed that the accused defendants together with others use WeChat, a social media platform for all correspondences in regard to their unlawful mining activities.”
On September 16, the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court remanded four more people who were allegedly Aisha Huang’s accomplices.
They consist of three citizens of China and one Vietnamese person whose visa is allegedly no longer valid.
These three Chinese citizens, Shi Yang alias Philip, Li Wei Guo, and Shi Mei Zhi, are facing a preliminary accusation of violating section 99(2)(a) of the Minerals and Mining Act of 2006 (Act 703) as modified by Act 995 of 2019 by engaging in small-scale mining without a permit.
Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen, a Vietnamese man, was accused of breaking sections 20(1) and 52(1)(d) of the Immigration Act of 2000 by staying in Ghana after a visa had expired (Act 573).
The court, ruled over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo, has reserved their pleas; they will return on October 11.