The Attorney-General has called for the new docket on En Huang a.k.a. Aisha Huang, regarding offences she is suspected to have recently committed.
The A-G will also re-initiate prosecution in respect of the old offences for which she was standing trial before her deportation in 2018.
There is an indication for full prosecution for Aisha’s alleged new and past offences.
News broke on Monday, September 5, that an Accra Circuit Court had remanded Chinese national Huang Ruixia alias Aisha Huang and three others for allegedly engaging in illegal mining in Ghana. The accused persons were charged for engaging in sale and purchase of minerals without a licence.
The other three are Jong Li Hua; Huang Jei and Huiad Hiahu, all Chinese nationals.
Aisha Huang is facing an additional charge of engaging in mining without a licence.
She was arraigned last Friday [September 2, 2022] and her plea to the charges are yet to be taken by the court presided over by Bright Acquah since the court had no Chinese interpreter at the time.
While the three other suspects were arraigned Monday, September 5, 2022, Aisha Huang was absent, reports Graphic Online’s Justice Agbenorsi who was in the courtroom.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charge and have been remanded into custody to reappear on September 14, 2022.
According to the facts presented by the prosecutor, Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong, Aisha Huang had previously escaped prosecution in Accra when she was arrested.
According to the prosecutor, she returned to her country [China] and changed her identity only to come back to Ghana to commit the same crime of which she escaped prosecution earlier.
According to the prosecution, the suspect applied for a Togo visa and went through the borders into Ghana and back to the galamsey business in a town in the Ashanti Region.
The three others with her, according to the prosecutor, were selling mining equipment and dealing in gold without a valid licence in Accra.
They were arrested upon intelligence by National Security officials.
Aisha and the two others are expected to re-appear before the Court on September 14, 2022.
Petitions/Pressure mounts on AG
Meanwhile, pressure has been mounting on prosecuting authorities to do the needful.
Two Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the Ghana Environmental Advocacy Group and A Rocha Ghana, have petitioned the Minister for Justice and Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to make public the number of foreign nationals arrested for engaging in illegal mining (galamsey) in Ghana and their nationalities.