The trial of galamsey mastermind Aisha Huang will start on November 9, 2022, according to the Accra High Court’s schedule.
After the prosecution satisfied with the filing requirements for all disclosure papers and witness testimonies they planned to rely on, this occurred.
In relation to four allegations, including reentering Ghana without a permit from the Ghana Immigration Service, the Chinese galamsey queen has entered a not guilty plea.
The Court reiterated its position not to grant bail to En Huan, alias Aisha Huang, during the most recent hearing on October 24, 2022.
Aisha Huang wouldn’t be eligible for release unless there was an excessive delay in the trial, according to the presiding judge, Justice Lydia Osei Marfo.
When lead attorney for Aisha Huang, Captain (rtd) Nkrabea Effah-Dartey, attempted to submit a new bail application yesterday, Justice Marfo made this statement.
The most recent action marked the third time Aisha Huang’s attorneys had tried to get her released on bond; all previous attempts had been denied by the court.
Justice Marfo determined that Aisha Huang, a foreigner, was a flight risk in her decision to deny the initial bail application on September 16 of this year, especially given the fact that she had no financial links to the nation.
The accused was likely to elude capture if released on bond, the court reasoned, given the gravity of the alleged crimes and the punishments linked with them.
The moment was right, according to Captain (rtd) Effah-Dartey, for his client to be given bail.
After Alfred Tuah-Yeboah, a Deputy Attorney-General (A-G), informed the court that clerks from his office were now at the court’s registry to submit the prosecution materials for the trial so pre-trial could begin, counsel made the statement.
Captain (rtd) Effah-Dartey said that the prosecution had not cooperated with the court orders requiring the disclosures to have been filed prior to yesterday in order for pre-trial to begin based on the Deputy AG’s statement.
Then, the attorney made another attempt to get bail.
However, Justice Marfo stopped the attorney in his tracks and said she was not going to change her mind about denying Aisha Huang bail.
“Unless there is an unreasonable delay in the trial, I will not grant bail to the accused person. I stand by my decision in the earlier application for bail,” Justice Marfo said.