Aisha Huang, 3 others before court over ‘galamsey’

The Chinese woman, Aisha Huang, who was arrested in May, 2017, charged for undertaking illegal mining in the country and deported, is back in Ghana..

Aisha, who gained ‘notoriety’ and ‘tagged as Galamsey Queen,’ the Ghanaian Times has gathered has been in the country operating at an illegal mining site, until her arrest in Kumasi, last Friday by National Security operatives.

She and her accomplishes were immediately flown to Accra the same day and arraigned.

Information available to the paper indicates that Aisha was put before a Circuit Court, charged with two counts of engaging in the sale and purchases of minerals without valid licence contrary to section 99(1) of minerals and mining (amendment) act 2015(Act 900) and mining without licence contrary to section 99(3) of minerals and mining (amendment) act 2015, act900.

In the amended Court charged sheet of The Republic v Huang Ruixia alas Aisha Huang, Johng Li Hua, Huang Jei and Huaid Hai Hun, Aisha and the three others pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The court remanded accused in police custody and they are expected to make their next appearance in court on September 14.

It is recalled, that Aisha, 31 years old then, was arrested in May, 2017, and charged with three counts of undertaking small-scale mining operations, contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703); providing mining support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission, contrary to the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006 (Act 703), and the illegal employment of foreign nationals, contrary to the Immigration Act, 2000 (Act 573).

Aisha Huang, who had acquired local names; Aisha and Yaa Asantewaa, was freed and her excavators that were seized by operatives of the National Security released following an order by the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) after a reported inconclusive investigation into her alleged illegal activities.

The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) said Aisha was the kingpin of a Chinese galamsey gang, with other members being Gao Jin Cheng 45, Lu Qi Jun 39, Haibin Gao 26 and Zhang Zhi Peng 23.

Ashanti Regional Deputy Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Chief Superintendent Peter Adu-Appiah, disclosed that the Chinese immigrant and her cohorts had since been sent to the national headquarters in Accra for further investigation.

According to him, it took officers of the Service more than four hours to arrest Aisha as she let loose her wild dogs on them, in an effort to resist arrest.

Aisha Huang was finally nabbed when she went to the GIS regional office to plead for the release of the four Chinese illegal miners, even though she was being sought after without her knowledge.

BY TIMES REPORTER

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