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I’m not guilty – Aisha Huang tells court as she is remanded again

Aisha Huang, a citizen of China, entered a not guilty plea to two charges on Wednesday at the Circuit Court in Accra.

The charges include mining without a license and selling and buying minerals without a license.

 

Three other people also showed up, including Aisha Huang, who spoke through an interpreter.

 

Murtala Inusah, a court correspondent for EIB Network, writes that the court, presided over by Samuel Bright Acquah, is currently debating the applicant’s request for release.

 

President Akufo-Addo has joined the calls for Aisha Huang’s prosecution in the meanwhile after she was detained once more for taking part in illicit mining in the nation.

 

The infamous galamsey Queen was initially detained in May 2017 and accused of engaging in illegal mining, but she was later deported.

 

She was, however, once again detained by the National Security in Kumasi two weeks ago for allegedly slipping back into the nation to carry on with her galamsey business, which infuriated Ghanaians who are now demanding her prosecution.

 

But as part of a two-day visit to the Volta region, President Akufo-Addo spoke at a meeting of the Ghana Bar Association in Ho and expressed support for the Attorney General’s prosecution of the suspect.

 

“…to demonstrate my unwavering support for the Attorney General in his commitment to bring charges against Aisha Huang and her accomplices who apparantly insist on disobeying our laws about galamsey and unlawful mining.”

 

President Akufo-Addo emphasized, “I expect if they are found guilty, that the court would use the full rigor of the new modified Act 995 which has greatly raised the punishment for breaches of the law.

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