Galamsey 'queen' Aisha Huang's mining activities video played in court

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Charles Adaba, the case investigator tendered the video recording captured onto a pen drive in court.

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Ms Mercy Arthur, Senior State Attorney, ASP Adaba explained that the area where Aisha and her four accomplices mined were in a deplorable state so the Police hired drones to capture the mining activities at an area known as School mu, a suburb of Bepotenten in the Ashanti Region.

ASP Adaba also tendered in evidence a request by the Police to the Registrar General’s Department concerning the business operations of Aisha.

The case investigator said the request by the Police was dated on June 29, last year.

According to ASP Adaba, the Police received a response from the Registrar General's Department.

The court presided over by Mr Justice Ekow Baiden after subjecting the response from the Registrar General’s Department to scrutiny noted that covering letter from the department accompanying the response has not been tendered.

The court therefore requested the prosecution to produce the official covering letter the accompanying the response from the Registrar General’s Department in court at the next sitting.

ASP Adaba earlier said when investigations commenced on the accused persons activities, the Police visited the mining sites.

According to the case investigator, the Odikro of the area informed him that Aisha came with various documents indicating that she had been given mining concession.

ASP Adaba said later Aisha brought in various equipment to commence Mining in four areas at Bopotenten.

He said Aisha Huang and her four accomplices: Gao Jin Cheng, 45; Lu Qi Jun 39; Habin Gao 26; and Zang Pan 23, have been accused of engaging in illegal mining in the Ashanti Region.

Aisha, aka Yaa Asantewaa, has additionally been accused of providing mine support services without a valid license from the Minerals Commission.

They have all denied the charges.

Background

On May 5, 2017, the Ghana Immigration Service in Obuasi raided the illegal site and arrested four Chinese nationals for their alleged involvement in illegal mining.

The four were - Gao Jin Cheng, Lu Qi Ju, Haibin Gao and Zhang Zhipeng

During the investigation, En Huang a.k.a Aisha Huang's name was mentioned as the owner of the concession. She was later arrested.

When they were taken to court, Aisha was charged with undertaking small-scale mining operations, contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Minerals and Mining Act, 2006, (Act 703), and providing mine support services without valid registration with the Minerals Commission, contrary to Section 59 and 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act .

En Huang was also charged with the illegal employment of foreign nationals, contrary to Section 24 of the Immigration Act, 200 (Act 573) and Regulation 18(1) of the Ghana Immigration Regulations, 2001 (L.I.1691).

The four other Chinese were charged with disobedience of directive given under the Immigration Act 2000 (Act 573.

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