Breakdown of why Aisha Huang is in 2 different courts over galamsey
Small-scale illegal mining kingpin, Aisha Huang is facing the law over her alleged engagement in galamsey activities in Ghana.
The Chinese national who was arrested in August 2022 has since been arraigned before court for trial.
She was arraigned before an Accra Circuit Court on September 2, together with three other Chinese nationals.
Subsequently, the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, following the re-arrest of Aisha Huang, reopened her case discontinued by the state in 2018.
As a result, Aisha Huang is currently standing trial in two different courts; the fresh case against her at Circuit Court 9 since her rearrest in August and her old case from 2018 which was discontinued after the state filed a nolle prosequi is being heard at the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court.
GhanaWeb brings you a detailed breakdown of Aisha Huang’s trials in both courts and what each entails:
Circuit Court trial:
Aisha Huang was arraigned before Accra Circuit Court 9 in September after her rearrest in the Ashanti Region.
The alleged galamsey kingpin was arrested at her private residence in Kumasi after her return to the country following her repatriation in 2018.
She has since had to appear at the Circuit Court 9 with 3 other Chinese nationals she was arrested together with.
Aisha was issued two charges; mining without a license and engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a license at the Circuit Court.
Her three accomplices; John Li Hua (2nd accused person), Huang Jei (3rd accused person) and Huaid Hai Hun (4th accused person) however, are all facing a single (1) charge; engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without license at the Circuit Court.
She is represented by her lawyer, Nkrabeah Effah Dartey while her counterparts all have different legal representatives in court.
Aisha Huang appears before the Circuit Court with her 3 alleged accomplices for each trial, with the latest being heard today, October, 12, 2022.
It was during one of such hearings that the second accused person; Johng Li Hua who has been diagnosed with a health condition, collapsed.
Aisha and her accomplices have since been denied bail by the presiding judge; Bright Acquah over reasons including posing a flight risk, interference in investigations, and impact of galamsey. Aisha Huang’s case at the Circuit Court has been adjourned after Wednesday, October 12, 2022 hearing.
The next trial will be called on October 27, 2022 for Aisha Huang and her three accomplices.