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The beleaguered, "notorious" galamsey "kingpin," Aisha Huang, was deported in 2018, in contrast to what police prosecutors said at an Accra Circuit Court last week. This is according to Attorney General Godfred Dame.
Various reports disagree as to whether the Chinese national, who is currently being prosecuted on four counts (engaging in mining without a license; facilitating the participation of individuals engaged in mining operations contrary to law; illegal employment of foreign nationals; and entering Ghana while prohibited from re-entry), was deported or repatriated.
However, at her court appearance, the police and prosecutors claimed that she had left the country, which led to the dismissal of her case at the time, according to a report by myjoyonline.com. She fled the country illegally, according to the investigation by Detective Chief Inspector Frederick Sarpong, a state prosecutor.
He reportedly told the court, "The first accused, Aisha Huang, was caught for a similar offense but managed to sneak out of the country, evading prosecution."
However, Godfred Dame, the Attorney General, claimed differently.
The filing of charges against the galamsey "kingpin" on Friday, September 16, 2022, was announced by the AG as the day she was returned home.
"The Attorney General submitted a nolle prosequi and ended the trial on December 19, 2018." She was ordered to return to China immediately, and the Comptroller-General of Ghana's Immigration Service cancelled her permission to be in Ghana indefinitely. She was also told to leave Ghana until the Comptroller-General gave her permission to return.
She was then placed on Ethiopian Airlines Flight No. 920, which departed for Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, and Guangzhou, China, at around 12:50 p.m. on December 19, 2018. Her travel documents were given to the flight's captain to be given to her once she arrived at her ultimate destination, Guangzhou, China. She sat in seat No. 32 (Economy Class), he added.
Earlier, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed doubt over whether or not Aisha Huang would be deported or sent home during a radio interview.
I'm still unsure if she actually left the country the first time or was deported, he added. However, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the minister of information, tried to explain the situation when numerous Ghanaians called the president out for explicitly indicating that the galamsey "kingpin" had been deported years ago.
Technically, he said, "she was repatriated."
Aisha Huang's bail was rejected by the court, and she is scheduled to return on September 27.
To far, she has pled not guilty to the accusations leveled against her.
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