By Joyce Danso
Accra, Sept. 5, GNA – Aisha Huang, aka Aisha Ruixia, a 47-year-old ‘galamsey kingpin’ who was deported in 2019 is back in Ghana and mining without license.
Aisha was remanded into lawful custody by an Accra Circuit Court last Friday, after the court preserved her plea because there was no Chinese interpreter.
She is facing a charge of mining without a license and engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a valid license.
Her accomplices Johng Li Hua, Huang Jei and Huaid Hai Hun have been charged with engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a license.
The three, including a female (Jei) have denied the charge and the court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah has remanded them into lawful custody to reappear on September 14.
At the court, Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong, prayed that they should be remanded as investigations were underway.
The facts as narrated in court are that the complainants are security and intelligence officers and the accused persons, Chinese nationals.
The prosecution said Aisha had gained “notoriety” for engaging in a series of small-scale mining activities known as galamsey across the country.
It said in 2017, Aisha was arrested for a similar offence, but she managed to “sneak out” of the country averting prosecution.
The prosecution said early this year, Aisha “sneaked” into Ghana having changed the details on her Chinese passport.
It said Aisha resumed small-scale mining activities without a license and further engaged in the purchase and sale of minerals in Accra without valid authority as granted by the Minerals and Mining Act.
The prosecution said she had allegedly engaged in the sale and purchase of minerals with the three accused persons and that intelligence led to their arrest.