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Aisha Huang pleads not guilty to mining charges.

Aisha Huang pleads not guilty to mining charges.
Aisha Huang.

Aisha Huang, a citizen of China, has denied the allegations brought against her by the state.

She entered a not guilty plea for both accusations during her appearance in an Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday, 14th September, 2022.

The state is prosecuting Ms. Huang on two counts: selling and buying minerals without a licence and mining without a licence.

Aisha Huang was there with three others and communicated through translator.

The judge reportedly remanded her and her three accomplices.

The re-arrest of the Chinese 'galamsey' queen from the Ashanti Region has been the most talked about news story of the previous week.

When asked about her re-arrest after her purported 2018 return from Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo claimed ignorance.

The President, speaking in Ho, claimed he was not briefed on the deportation's final arrangements.

“I’m not still sure whether she was in fact deported. Or whether she fled the country the first time and has now come back. There still seems to be some uncertainty about it.”

“But whichever way it is, she’s become the sort of nickname for all that galamsey represents”, he said.

“We have concerted to work at it. We need to have the corporation of the courts. Until recently when I came, the punishment for people caught was relatively light. [But] we’ve changed the law to stiffen the punishment for people caught., he added.

Under his presidency, he claims, efforts to crack down on illegal mining have improved greatly.

As a result, the President of Ghana called on his countrymen (Ghanaians) to keep up the pressure in the fight against the problem.

“The efforts have brought a lot of fruits, first of all, 'galamsey' is now a subject of national discussion. Everywhere you go, there’s this matter of 'galamsey'. We’ve at least achieved this purpose of heightening consciousness about it as an evil.”

The President had previously voiced his support for Ms. Huang's prosecution.

Source: ghananews.hrforum.uk

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