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Aisha Huang denied bail

Huang is facing two charges of mining without a licence and engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a valid licence

Chinese national Huang Ruixia alias Aisha Huang has been denied bail by an Accra Circuit Court on Wednesday (14 September).

Huang and three other Chinese nationals will remain in police custody for the next two weeks.

The accused persons were charged for engaging in the sale and purchase of minerals without a licence.

Lead counsel, Nkrabea Effah-Dartey on Wednesday, (14 September ), during proceedings, asked the court to grant the accused persons bail for fear of being treated unfairly by security officers.

They were earlier remanded as they had no legal representation during their first appearance in court.

Independent probe

Meanwhile, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the MP for North Tongu has suggested to the government to immediately establish a full-scale independent probe into circumstances leading to the re-arrest of illegal mining “queen” Aisha Huang.

Aisha Huang was deported in December 2018 following her first arrest.

In a Facebook post, the North Tongu MP said the entry of Aisha Huang is a dent on the security apparatus.

“Aisha Huang has in a spectacular fashion exposed all the grand claims by government officials and national security operatives that they are ready with well-equipped and modern sophisticated systems to combat terrorism,” the opposition lawmaker said.

“If one notorious Chinese galamsey queen can so dribble an entire security apparatus like hot knife through butter, then we are all in very big trouble,” Ablakwa claimed.

“I also wonder what exactly is happening to the billions of Ghana Cedis Parliament has approved over the years for an enhanced security climate.”

Philip Abutiate

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