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AISHA HUANG: ABLAKWA WARNS GOVERNMENT: "OPEN UP NOW OR FACE 'FIRE' IN PARLIAMENT LATER"

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2 months ago

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a member of parliament for North Tongu, has urged the government to provide more information on the Aisha Huang story.


He claims that by doing this, they will face less pressure from the Parliamentary Minority when the House begins its regular session in a few weeks.


In a message on social media dated September 18, he said that the ongoing investigation — namely, the period after the emergence of the contentious Chinese illegal miner — is full of questions that cry for answers.

In his article, he pleaded with the government to be transparent about the co-accused parties who were on trial alongside Ms. Huang in 2017 when it was decided to drop the case.

The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration can no longer remain mute on this important piece of the Aisha Huang jigsaw, especially in light of the present degrading spectacle, after evading, ducking, and diving for over 4 years.


When the House reconvenes in a few weeks, he warned, "If government finally opens up now and gives transparency a chance, it may help minimize their hardships."


Returning with a total of six charges against her


Huang, sometimes referred to as the "galamsey queen of unlawful small-scale mining," is presently accused with six different immigration offenses and illegal mining-related offenses.

Aisha and her co-conspirators were detained earlier this month, and they were all charged with two offenses in an Accra Circuit Court as of last Friday, September 16.


Following Huang's re-arrest, Attorney General and Minister of Justice Godfred Yeboah Dame had intimated that he would restart a case against her that had been closed in 2018.


On Friday, September 16, 2022, four fresh accusations were brought before Justice Lydia Marfo's court in a virtual hearing at the Criminal Division of the Accra High Court.

According to a charge sheet seen by GhanaWeb, the additional charges are as follows:

A violation of section 99(2)(a) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, Act 703, as modified by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2019, Act 995, is count one of the offense.


In violation of sections 99 (2)(a) and (3) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, Act 703 as modified by the Minerals and Mining (Amendment) Act 2019, Act 995, count two of the offense involves facilitating the involvement of individuals involved in mining operations.


Count Three: Employing foreign nationals without authorization in violation of Section 24 of the Immigration Act of 2000 (Act 573).


Count Four: Violation of section 20(4) of the Immigration Act, 2000, Act 573 by entering Ghana whilst being barred from re-entry.

She is accused of the following two offenses in Circuit Court:


mining without a permit


negotiating the acquisition and sale of minerals.


The matter before the Circuit Court will next be heard on September 27, while the case before the High Court will return to court on October 11.


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