The 10 Chinese arrested for allegedly possessing firearms without authority, were yesterday admitted to bail by an Accra Circuit Court in the sum of GH¢500,000 with three sureties each, two of them, to be justified.
The court, presided over by Justice Francis Obiri, a High Court judge, sitting with additional responsibilities, ordered that the sureties be Ghanaian public servants with net salary of not less than GH¢1,500.
The accused were Wei Hanwei, an excavator engineer; Huang Huan Kao, a mechanic; Meng Xing Gou, a mechanic; Zhang Xiong Fei, engineer and Li Hia Jian, a mechanic.
The others were He Shei Lin, engineer; Lu Shun Ming, Wei Guo Cai, Zhou Ping and Li Qichao, all mechanics.
The court further ordered the accused to surrender their passports to the court’s registry until further notice.
The prosecution, led by ASP Stephen Adjei, averred that the accused persons on May 9, were arrested at Obuasi and had in their possession eight pump action guns, one locally made pistol with four 38mm live ammunition, 21 9mm live ammunition and 198 cartridges without authority.
The accused, who spoke through an interpreter at their first appearance, denied the offence and were remanded in police custody.
At the last sitting, Nasigri Seidu, counsel for the accused applied for bail for his clients but the judge fixed yesterday, to consider it.
Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent Moses Adjei told the court that the police received information that some Chinese were engaging in illegal mining at Obuasi and its environs.
He said personnel from the National Operations Unit, Obuasi, led by Chief Superintendent Peter Ndebugri mounted an operation, which resulted in the arrest of the accused. A search on them revealed the weapons and four communication equipment.
By Malik Sullemana