Galamsey Kingpin Aisha Huang Busted Again
The infamous Chinese national, Huang Ruixia, alias Aisha Huang, who was allegedly deported somewhere in 2018, for engaging in illegal mining activities, has shockingly sneaked into the country to continue her business and, has been arrested again.
The Anchor has it that, Aisha Huang,who sneaked into the country through Togo on the blind side of the state to continue her business, was re-arrested last week and dragged to court on Friday, September 2, 2022, where she was slapped with fresh charges and remanded.
She was arraigned in Accra Circuit Court ‘9’, and charged together with three others, for allegedly engaging in sales and purchases of minerals without a license.She is also separately on a provisional charge of engaging in mining without a license.
However, her plea on the two charges was reserved due to the unavailability of a Chinese interpreter, when she appeared at the Circuit Court in Accra on September 1.
While Aisha Huang’s plea was not yet taken, the remaining three – Jong Li Hua, Huang Jei and HuiadHiahu, appeared before the Circuit Court presided over, by His Honour Bright Acquah, on Monday, September 5.
They have all pleaded not guilty to the charge and have been remanded into lawful custody to reappear on September 14.
Even though the three were in court today, Aisha Huang who had earlier appeared in court last Friday, was not present.
It was the case of the prosecutor, Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong, that, investigations are still ongoing.
All of them have been remanded into lawful custody.
Per the brief facts of the prosecution, Aisha Huang had previously escaped prosecution in Accra, when arrested earlier.
She was said to have returned to her country and changed her identity, only to come back to Ghana and commit the same crime.
She is said to have applied for a TogoVisa and went through the borders into Ghana and back to the galamsey business in a town in the Ashanti Region.
The three others with her are said to be selling mining equipment and dealing in gold, without a valid license in Accra.
They were arrested upon Intelligence by the National security.
In May 2017, Aisha Huang gained some notoriety after her arrest and was tagged as the Galamsey Queen.
She had been 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, and 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).
In the course of the prosecution, the government controversially discontinued the case and deported her in December 2018.
However, the then Senior Minister, Nana Yaw OsafoMaafo, justified the decision.
The Senior Minister, addressing some concerns of Ghanaians in the diaspora at a town hall meeting on April 18, 2019, revealed that, “Putting [Aisha Huang] in jail in Ghana is not going to solve your money problem. It is not going to make you happy or me happy.”
“We have a very good relationship with China. The main company that is helping develop the infrastructure system in Ghana is Sinohydro; it is a Chinese Company. It is the one that is going to help process our bauxite and provide about $2 billion to us.
So, when there are these kinds of arrangements, there are other things behind the scenes. There are many other things beyond what we see in these matters, and everybody is wide awake.
The most important thing is that we established regulations and we are protecting our environment. That is far more important than one Chinese woman who has been deported back to her country,” he explained further.
Fast forward to September 20, 2019, President Nana Akufo-Addo described the deportation of Miss Huang as a mistake.
“I think the decision to deport Aisha Huang in hindsight was a mistake, and that is why that process and procedure is being stopped,” he said at a forum at Princeton University, during his visit to the United States of America.