Notorious Chinese Galamsey Queen, Aisha Huang, Rearrested In Ghana
Aisha Huang, a 47-year-old ‘galamsey guru’ who was deported in 2019 for engaging in illegal mining has sneaked into Ghana through the Togo border under a new identity and has commenced mining without license.
She was however arrested last week upon intelligence by the national security and has been remanded into custody by an Accra Circuit Court last Friday.
Aisha Huang became an household name in 2017 after the illegal Chinese business woman was charged with undertaking small-scale mining operations which goes against the laws of the country. However, she was deported in 2018, instead of imprisonment which generated a widespread public criticism of the government.
Former Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Marfo, in April 2019, during an interaction with Ghanaians, justified why government decided to deport Aisha Huang instead of prosecuting her.
According to him, jailing her in Ghana will not have solved the country’s economic problems and that prosecuting her would have ruined the "very good relationship with China".
Following her arrest last week she was put before an Accra court and fresh charges were filed against her. Aisha Huang, has been charged together with three others for 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.
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.
Aisha Huang was arraigned last Friday and her accomplices, Jong Li Hua, Huang Jei and Huiad Hiahu appeared today before the Circuit court. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charge and have been remanded into lawful custody to reappear on September 14.