The “galamsey kingpin,” Aisha Huang, who was deported in 2018, has returned to Ghana and has been detained once more for indulging in illegal mining.
Three counts had been brought against her: engaging in small-scale mining operations in violation of Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703); rendering mining support services in violation of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703); and engaging in the unauthorized employment of foreign nationals in violation of the Immigration Act, 2000. (Act 573).
Along with Johng Li Hua, Huang Jei, and Huaid Hai Hun, she was taken into custody. Last Friday, Aisha Huang and her companions were taken before an Accra Circuit Court.
Aisha Huang is also accused of mining without a permit, which is another offense.
She was arraigned on Friday, September 2, 2022, and the court, presided over by Bright Acquah, has yet to hear her plea to the charges because there was no Chinese interpreter present at the time.
Aisha Huang was not there while the three other suspects were being charged on Monday, September 5, 2022, according to Justice Agbenorsi of Graphic Online, who was present in court.
They have all entered pleas of innocence and have been ordered to remain in detention until their next court appearance on September 14, 2022.
Aisha Huang had previously dodged prosecution in Accra at the time of her detention, according to the evidence provided by the prosecutor, Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong.
The prosecutor claims that after leaving Ghana to perpetrate the same act for which she had previously avoided prosecution, she went back to China and assumed a new name.
The suspect, according to the prosecution, sought for a Togo visa, crossed into Ghana, and then returned to the galamsey company in a town in the Ashanti Region.
The prosecutor said that the three people she was with were engaged in illegal gold and mining equipment trades in Accra.
On the basis of information, National Security officials arrested them.
They’re anticipated to return to court on September 14, 2022.
In December 2018, the “queen” of illicit mining in China was deported. That came after state prosecutors submitted a nolle prosequi to end the trial.